Focal Issues

Overview: Focal Issues

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International Healthy Workplaces Film Award winner 2018


The winner of the award, given to the best film on the subject of work, is Marina by Julia Roesler of Germany. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) supports the Healthy Workplaces Film Award, hosted by the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). The winning film tells the story of Marina, an isolated Romanian care worker in Germany.
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Just quickly check work emails


Calling a customer back after work and checking work emails before falling asleep – the smartphone enables us flexibility in our working hours. The customer is happy, the boss appreciates our commitment - but does it pay off? A recent study conducted by the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors raises doubts about this.
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Small Companies, Big Challenges


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) hosts a high-level conference in Brussels to explore the way forward in improving occupational safety and health (OSH) in Europe’s small businesses. The event builds on the findings of EU-OSHA’s project examining OSH in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and coincides with the publication of the project’s final analysis Report.
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Study: Many companies are not fit for work 4.0


Many companies in Germany are ill-equipped to meet the challenges of digitization and demographic change. Around 70 per cent of the companies perceive great job pressure and associated mental stress as problems, which could jeopardize the health and future prospects of their employees. Health protection is lacking, among other things.
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New safety technology enables teamwork


Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard factory employee safety. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with an ingenious security concept and intelligent robot control. This technology will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team.
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New study reveals challenges for effective worker representation in occupational safety and health


In a new report, EU-OSHA details the findings of its qualitative study on worker participation and consultation in occupational safety and health (OSH). The study suggests that worker representation on OSH is declining across Europe, while managementled arrangements for OSH participation are on the increase.
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„Vision Zero Fund“ – Zero accidents – healthy work!


The Vision Zero Fund aims to bring about enhanced occupational safety and health along global supply chains and wants to raise general awareness for this issue. Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in April 2013 at the latest, the world has known about the poor working conditions of workers of the economies of producing countries. Myanmar is the first pilot country.
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The challenge of safety and health in micro and small enterprises: what can be done?


For various reasons, Europe’s micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are most at risk of workplace accidents and ill-health compared with their larger counterparts. So, with the aim of improving occupational safety and health (OSH) in these enterprises, EU-OSHA launched a project looking to identify success factors of policies, strategies and practical solutions.
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Effective Workplace Inspections


Hazards can exist under desks, on the plant floor, in the air and pretty much any place people work. Inspecting the workplace regularly for hazards is an essential part of a health and safety program. Inspections help to prevent injuries and illnesses by identifying and eliminating actual and potential hazards.
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Commission launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers


Investment in occupational health and safety improves people's lives by preventing accidents and work-related illness. The Commission's new initiative aims to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME's and micro-enterprises, to comply with the existing legislative frameworkand, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.
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