A decade of action for healthy ageing and healthier working lives
© Cristina Vatielli
2021–2030 has been proclaimed the Decade of Healthy Ageing by the United Nations to convey the urgent need for global action to improve the lives of older people.
The ageing and shrinking workforce is a major challenge of Europe: by 2030, workers aged 55-64 are expected to make up 30 % or more of the workforce. Meanwhile, many workers leave the labour market well before reaching the pension age.
Sustainable solutions to ensure safe, healthy and fair conditions from the start of a person’s working life are key to halting this negative process and improving productivity in the long run.
To support policy development in this important area, a project carried out by EU-OSHA some years ago, delivered a wealth of analysis of policies and initiatives addressing the ageing of workers across Europe.
Discover the project Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce and access its various publications.
Learn more about how European countries deal with the challenges for safety and health at work by exploring our data visualisation tool on ageing and OSH published in 2017.
Try out the e-guide ‘Healthy Workplaces for all Ages’, which provides practical information for OSH management in the context of an ageing workforce.
Help us promote healthy working practices for all ages – use and share practical resources delivered through the 2016-17 campaign, Healthy Workplaces for All Ages.
Read also our recently published Analysis of case studies on working with chronic musculoskeletal disorders.