Focal Issues

Overview: Focal Issues

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The German Focal Point of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) exchanged views on plans and activities in Germany and Europe at the Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) [Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health].
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Ergonomics in office work


Office work is diverse and although widely regarded as low risk environments, the large (and growing) proportion of employees within the EU who work in office environments means that a significant number of workers are potentially exposed to any risks to their health that might arise.
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Working in the digital future — new study anticipates the safety and health risks that lie ahead


In a new report, EU-OSHA publishes the findings of a major 2-year project to anticipate the effects of digitalisation on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the EU. The final results of this foresight project highlight developments on the nature and organisation of work, and the challenges and opportunities to OSH that they may bring.
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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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