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The Europe 2020 strategy identifies demographic change as one of the major challenges that Europe faces. As the strategy points out, a safe and healthy working environment is crucial to enhancing the potential and commitment of the workforce and the competitiveness of a business. With the vast majority of people in Europe employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and microenterprises, support to smaller businesses is crucial to meeting the challenges of an ageing workforce, as is tackling discrimination. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016–17 aims to encourage policy-makers to address issues relating to healthy ageing in the workplace.

The European Parliament’s pilot project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’, funded by the European Commission, aimed to investigate existing policies and strategies and improve their implementation, to enhance the exchange of good practice and to assist in the development of future policies in the context of an ageing workforce. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016–17 is intended to highlight these findings and encourage change, as well as raising awareness of the policies and resources that already exist across Europe.

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European Parliament project: ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’

The European Parliament’s pilot project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ aimed to investigate existing policies and strategies and improve their implementation, to enhance the exchange of good practice and to assist in the development of future policies in the context of an ageing workforce. It began in June 2013 and ran until the end of 2015. The project resulted in a number of reports:

  • OSH and older workers
  • OSH, gender and older workers
  • Rehabilitation
  • Analysis of 30 country reports
  • Final project report

Visit the project page on EU-OSHA’s website

Other relevant resources

Case studies and practical tools demonstrating some of the approaches taken in countries throughout Europe are also available. These show, in particular, some of the initiatives and resources that have benefited SMEs and their employees.