Focal Issues

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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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Harassment and Violence in the Workplace


When we hear about workplace violence there is a tendency to think about physical violence such as hitting, shoving, kicking and threatening behaviour such as shaking fists and breaking or throwing objects. It can also be in the form of arguments, property damage, vandalism, theft, psychological trauma, anger-related incidents, rape, arson and murder.
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"Global Asbestos Awareness Week”


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advcacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims and work toward an asbestos-free future,is organizing the 13th Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). This year’s campaign for a global asbestos ban will translate across six different languages, spreading the message to a wide international audience.
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Good leadership protects Mental Health


The leadership has an enormous impact on the wellbeing and mental health of employees. This is the result of a current study. An interactive eLearning tool for promoting mental health is a new tool provides comprehensible suggestions as to how executives can protect their employees against stress-related psychological strain and how to stay healthy.
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If there is no appreciation, the stress comes


Most of the stress in a work day is caused by people themselves. This is the result of a study with 220 participants by InLoox. According to the study, stressful circumstances such as parallel projects or massive e-mail traffic are not the main causes of stress at work. Instead, particularly the lack of appreciation increases the subjective feeling of stress.
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