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European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

EU-OSHA’s European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) is an extensive survey that looks at how European workplaces manage safety and health risks in practice.
Thousands of businesses and organisations across Europe are asked to respond to a questionnaire that focuses on:
  • General safety and health risks in the workplace and how they are managed
  • Psychosocial risks, such as stress, bullying and harassment
  • Drivers of and barriers to OSH management
  • Worker participation in safety and health practices.

The results from these interviews are complemented by secondary analyses involving a series of in-depth studies that focus on specific topics. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are applied in these studies to help better understand the main findings from the survey.

Interactive Survey Dashboard

The interactive survey dashboard allows you to visualise and share ESENER data and helps you to explore the responses to a selection of questions of ESENER in detail, by country, sector type and establishment size.

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ESENER-2 (2014)

The fieldwork for the second wave of ESENER was carried out in the summer-autumn of 2014. The survey provides an invaluable up-to-date snapshot of how workplace risks, and especially new and emerging risks, are being managed across Europe. 

The focus on new and emerging risks means that the responses shed light on underexplored and increasingly important areas of OSH, such as psychosocial risks, which are a growing area of concern in European workplaces. 

The 2014 survey is even more detailed and extensive than the first one, with the sample sizes increased by half, and in three countries the national samples have been additionally boosted. ESENER-2 includes micro enterprises of 5 to 10 employees and agricultural businesses for the first time. Five new countries — Albania, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia — have been added to the 31 that were included in 2009.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • The organisation of OSH management
  • Approaches to worker participation in OSH

ESENER provides much-needed data to policy-makers and researchers at national and European level. There is no other EU-level information source on how OSH is managed in businesses. ESENER plays a key role in helping EU-OSHA to provide cross-nationally comparable information that can contribute to OSH policy-making. 

The interactive Survey Dashboard allows you to visualise and share ESENER data.

Already available:

The secondary analyses of this more extensive survey cover several key areas and produce the following outputs:

  • Worker participation in the management of OSH — overview report, country reports, summary report (2017)
  • Joint analysis of ESENER-2, the LFS 2013 ad-hoc module on accidents at work and other work-related health problems and the 6th European Working Conditions Survey  — overview report, summary report (2017)
  • Psychosocial risk management — overview report, summary report (2018)
  • OSH management — overview report, summary report (2018)
  • A technical assessment of the expansion of the survey universe — overview report (2018)
  • An evaluation of ESENER-2 and its follow-up projects — overview report (2018).

ESENER 2014 dataset can be accessed via the UK Data Archive (UKDA) of the University of Essex.

ESENER-3: Preparatory work will begin by 2018 and the survey will be carried out early in 2019.

ESENER-1 (2009)

The first ESENER, carried out in 2009, involved nearly 36,000 interviews with managers and OSH representatives. All EU Member States were covered, as were Turkey, Norway and Switzerland — 31 countries in all. The interviewees worked in private and public sector organisations with 10 or more employees.

The interactive Survey Dashboard allows you to visualise and share ESENER data.

Check out the main findings:

  • European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) - Managing safety and health at work (2010):  Overview report in English and Summary in 24 languages

You can also download the results of the secondary analysis:

  • Qualitative post-test evaluation of ESENER (2014): Overview report and Substantive findings in English.
  • Analysis of the determinants of workplace occupational safety and health practice in a selection of EU Member States (2013): Overview report in English, Executive summary in 8 languages and Annex in English
  • A summary of four secondary analysis reports: Understanding workplace management of safety and health, psychosocial risks and worker participation through ESENER (2012):  summary in 24 languages
  • Worker representation and consultation on health and safety - An analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (2012): Overview report in English and Technical Report Annexes 1 and 2 in English
  • Management of occupational safety and health - Analysis of the findings of the ESENER (2012): Overview report and Technical report annexes 1 and 2 in English
  • Management of psychosocial risks at work - An analysis of the findings of the ESENER (2012): Overview report and Technical report annexes 1 and 2 in English
  • Drivers and barriers for psychosocial risk management: an analysis of the findings of the ESENER (2012): Overview report in English

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ESENER 2009 dataset can be accessed via the 
UK Data Archive (UKDA) of the University of Essex.