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The Healthy Workplaces Summit, marking the end of the 2016-2017 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign, takes place on 21 and 22 November in Bilbao, Spain. Leading European experts and decision makers discuss the results of the 2-year campaign and exchange good practices in promoting healthy ageing at work. At the same time, EU-OSHA and its partners celebrate two milestones: 20 years of Napo, our cartoon partner in promoting occupational safety and health, and 10 years of EU-OSHA’s campaign...See more
Brief summaries of the main findings of the 3-year project “Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce” are now available in 19 languages. The info sheets look at the benefits older workers bring to organisations, the added risks women encounter in the workplace, the systems for rehabilitation and return to work in place across Europe. They also provide an overview of policies and strategies aimed at sustaining Europe’s ageing...See more
The German Focal Point Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) has published a memorandum on meeting the demographic and structural challenges facing the country’s workforce.
The memorandum - ‘Competence, health and good working conditions - How we can promote the ability to work, competitiveness and capacity for change’ - gives a detailed account of the current situation, along with insights into the key requirements for a healthy and successful working life. Well-trained and well-educated employees are being sought in many places across Germany. However, the average age of the workforce is rising due to a shortage of qualified young professionals. The new global...See more
The latest findings from a major project on the costs and benefits of occupational safety and health (OSH) show that work-related ill health and injury costs the EU an estimated €476 billion every year. This could be drastically reduced with the...
Findings from the project were presented at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at work in Singapore on 3-6 September. They underline how good practice in OSH not only increases the longevity of older workers, but also helps improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of businesses. It also reduces healthcare costs and other societal burdens. Estimates show that 86% of workplace deaths worldwide stem from work-related illnesses, while in the EU the figure is 98%. Each...See more
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In March of 2018, the Octave Programme is reconvening for the seventh time, drawing on the experiences of all generations to take on the topic of business transformation in the digital era.
The 7th edition of the Octave Program is taking place in Evian Les Bains, France, from March 20 – 22, 2018, where diverse companies and age groups are connecting for a three-day learning seminar focused on change management in the digital era. The Octave Program is an original idea by Danone, with the support of ENGIE, Orange, Société Générale, Bristol Myers Squibb and any company affected by the issue and open to the approach. The Octave Program stemmed from the vision of making use of all...See more
The law obliges employers to treat workers equally and prohibits discrimination based on age or disability. But to ensure full equality in practice, this often translates to employers adopting specific measures to level the playing field, including...
Discrimination against older people has its roots in negative age stereotypes, prejudices and perceptions of older people. When surveyed 45% of people in the EU consider discrimination against people over 55 to be widespread. The Eurobarometer on active ageing highlights that ‘workplace age discrimination is the most widespread form of age discrimination with one in five citizens having personally experienced or witnessed it’. Policies and measures aimed at preventing age discrimination can...See more
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Protecting the interests of all workers, regardless of age, is particularly important in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights , which aims to deliver rights such as equal opportunities and fair working conditions; for example, one of its 20 principles is ‘Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their professional needs and which enables them to prolong their participation in the labour market.’ At the request of the European Parliament, EU-OSHA carried out a 3-...See more
Improving a workplace’s ergonomics can have a positive effect on reducing physical burdens and psychosocial risks for staff, which can help older workers to stay in their roles for longer. Two of this year’s Good Practice Award winners, Continental...
Companies looking to retain older workers and reduce workplace absences have recognised the importance of ergonomics . It can help employers in all sectors to optimise their working systems and reduce physical, environmental and psychosocial risks, and in turn, reduce absenteeism and early retirement . VitaS , a social care sector employer from Belgium, got an occupational safety and health (OSH) expert on board to carry out ergonomic assessments at its various sites to identify areas where...See more
The last 1 June, the Ergonomics Association of the Comunidad Valenciana (ErgoCV) celebrated the 6th Edition of the Ergonomics and Psychosociology Conferences focused on the keys to reach a healthy ageing at work.
The last 1 June, the Ergonomics Association of the Comunidad Valenciana (ErgoCV) celebrated the 6th Edition of the Ergonomics and Psychosociology Conferences focused on the keys to reach a healthy aging at work. The event was attended by a large number of experts from the Instituto Asturiano de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales, the Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) and the Centro Nacional de Condiciones de Trabajo (CNCT) of the Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo (...See more
The European Pillar of Social Rights, presented by the European Commission last April, is about delivering new and more effective rights for citizens. Many of its aims are shared by the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign, which plays a key...
The European Pillar of Social Rights consists of 20 principles covering equal opportunities and access to labour market; fair working conditions; and social protection and inclusion. The Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign supports these principles, most notably through its collection and dissemination of good practices, and by supporting the sharing of experiences. For example, the principle concerning the right of workers to a high level of protection of their health and safety at work...See more