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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most prevalent types of work-related health problems. Among respondents in the EU who declared having a work-related health problem, 60% pointed to MSDs as their most serious issue [1]. The ageing...
Usually affecting the back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs, most work-related MSDs develop over time. Ageing can lead to an increase in MSD prevalence due to reduction in muscle strength or resistance. According to EU-OSHA’s Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) , MSDs are equally reported across all activity sectors and are becoming ever more prevalent in Europe. This situation highlights the importance of rehabilitation and return-to-work programmes to...See more
It was another fantastic year for the European Week for Safety and Health at Work with events and activities taking place from Portugal in the South, to Finland in the North and Romania in the East. Conferences, infopoints, seminars and workshops...
Throughout the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign, EU-OSHA’s national focal points, official campaign partners and media partners have very actively supported the campaign. This support continued during the European Week with many partners hosting events dedicated to the campaign and its themes. Many of them were promoted via a dedicated Facebook page or compiled on EU-OSHA’s Storify page . Many national focal points (Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania and Cyprus) held closing conferences to...See more
In recent years, governments and employers across the EU have made efforts to shift perspectives on ageing by promoting the benefits of the ‘silver economy’. In light of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign, EU-OSHA organised and coordinated a Joint-...
The report, ‘ Towards age-friendly work in Europe: a life-course perspective on work and ageing from EU Agencies ’, is authored by 4 EU agencies and aims to promote ‘sustainable work’ in a holistic way and provides a cross-agency perspective of ageing and work. It is forward-looking in its approach to presenting principles and practices aimed at keeping the European population, in essence its workforce, active and healthy. The chapter by Eurofound discusses the European Working Conditions...See more
Sustainable work and healthy ageing were the main inspiration themes of this year´s European Week for Safety and Health at Work. Hundreds of creative events were taking place between 23 and 27 October across Europe. Activities were initiated by EU-...
During the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23 – 27 October 2017) many partners of the ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign join forces to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing. Taking into account that workers exit the labour market at the age of 61 on average – much younger than the average official retirement age (65) in the EU, safe and healthy workplaces for people of all ages is vital to sustaining Europe’s workforce. EU-OSHA’s national focal points, official...See more
EU-OSHA’s focal point in Macedonia, the Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association (MOSHA) is marking the European Week for Safety and Health at Work with numerous promotional activities and is also co-organising a regional conference.
As part of the European Week, MOSHA is visiting several companies to distribute promotional material, discuss the Healthy Workplaces campaign, and in particular talk about the challenges and problems facing companies such as the ageing population. MOSHA is also co-organising the Third International Conference on Regional Cooperation on Occupational Safety and Health on 26-28 October in Budva, Montenegro. The conference has a link to the Healthy Workplaces campaign as it is focusing on creating...See more
Organised by EU-OSHA’s National Focal Point in Spain, The National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSHT), these events aim to promote technical knowledge and a preventive culture in the context of the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages...
Coinciding with the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23 to 27 October), events are happening all over Spain including lectures, workshops and seminarsaimed at students and teachers as well as employers and workers. Awareness raising and promotional material is also disseminated online. This year many of the events specifically focus on young people and on promoting sustainable working lives for all ages. Others discuss developing healthy businesses in the context of active ageing;...See more
Official campaign partner, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), conducts an online webinar on Thursday 26 October at 12.30 pm as part of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23 to 27 October).
Hosted by IOSH ’s Technical Information Manager Judith McNulty-Green, the webinar focuses on the themes of the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign in relation to the challenges arising from an ageing workforce in Europe. Attendees learn about using a multi-disciplinary approach to managing Occupation Safety and Health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce, how to implement a diversity-sensitive risk assessment, and how to adapt workplaces to benefit all ages. The hour-long course...See more