The aim of this blog is to bring you news about developments in occupational safety and health across the EU and beyond, and also about EU-OSHA initiatives and activities to fulfill our mission.

We are one of the smallest EU agencies and cannot promise to reply to every comment, but we will read them and bear them in mind to shape our future work. The blog content is available only in English.

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On Monday 21 October 2013, at the start of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, the Belgian Focal Point held an event to mark the 2012-13 Campaign - Working Together for Risk Prevention. The conference was held in the Ministry for Employment, Work and Social dialogue in Brussels and was great way to recognise all the work that went into delivering the campaign, not only in Belgium, but also in the neighbouring Netherlands and Luxembourg.


On the morning of Wednesday 25 September 2013, after many months of planning, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) joined three other agencies in the European Parliament in Brussels to highlight the work we are doing to help make Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work.


On 26-28 August, Helsinki hosted the international conference on ”Work, Well-being and Wealth – Active Ageing at Work”.

The aim of the conference was to bring together researchers, experts and European networks in the field, and to present and discuss the major issues related to the ageing of the working population and its consequences for the workplaces and society, identifying research needs and solutions. The conference dealt with topics such as work ability, disability prevention, return to work, exploring the different aspects of the extension of working life. The conference programme included among others sessions on psychosocial factors supporting participation in working life, on the management of competencies for sustainable work, and on disability prevention and reintegration.


Improving well-being at work can be achieved in a variety of different ways, and our case studies provide excellent examples of this. Focusing on the practical ways in which organisations have promoted well-being at work, the case studies demonstrate that each approach is unique and context specific. A standard approach is not possible, partly because every organisation is different, each with its own requirements, but also because there is no agreed definition of ‘well-being at work’.


These are interesting times for occupational safety and health in Europe. When organisations of all sizes are questioning its value, and when budgets for health and safety are coming under pressure, in some of the biggest institutions in the EU, as well as the smallest.

We at the Agency have been part of this process. With our annual report for 2012 we have been looking back at our achievements over the last year, but we have also been looking forward, and thinking about what we are likely to face in the years ahead. We are starting to develop a new strategic programme for our work, as we face up to new challenges in workplace safety and health.
Challenges like the increasing number of older workers in Europe, and the implications for occupational safety and health (OSH).


In our mission to raise awareness of occupational safety and health (OSH) matters, we have run a variety of communication campaigns over the years, using a mix of different methods and communication techniques. This experience has shown us that a well-planned and targeted campaign can work wonders in changing how people think and act regarding health and safety at work.

We believe that any organisation, no matter the size, can run a campaign to publicise an OSH topic that affects them.


The Republic of Lithuania assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2013, and to mark this the Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, visited Vilnius on 14 May to meet with Mrs Algimanta Pabedinskiene, Minister of  Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania and the main stakeholders in the Lithuanian health and safety system. 



Information and communications technology makes the modern world go round. Working without mobile communications and the internet is now inconcievable. At the thematic day of the 64th meeting of the Senior Labour Inspectors' Committee (SLIC), the role of ICT systems in labour inspection was under discussion.


Across the European Union, there is a huge amount of expertise in occupational safety and health, and sharing this knowledge is a cost-effective approach towards better worker protection in Europe. 

On Wednesday, 8th May 2013, the Malta Occupational Health and Safety Authority in collaboration with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work organized a half-day seminar on Crane Erection and Examination at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana.  This seminar mainly targeted owners, erectors and examiners of cranes.  Ing. Joachim Schulz, member of DGUV Expert Committee Construction Industry of Germany was the main speaker in this seminar.


The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health (L’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail), or ANSES was created in 2010 with the merger of the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) and the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET)). This merger means that ANSES presents an interesting cross-cutting approach to health topics, with all types of exposure to potential hazards and risks being considered, whether that exposure comes from work, leisure activities, travel, or even food.