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As Europe’s population ages, how can workers, employers and their representatives, policy-makers and governments best work together to ensure that workers have a long and healthy working life? What are the factors that promote or prevent a healthy, productive working life? These are some of the biggest are some of the biggest questions facing OSH researchers today, especially considering that, in the right circumstances, work has actually been shown to be beneficial to health.

The European pilot project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ is a major source of new research in this area. The reports from that project are linked to below, as are many up-to-the-minute publications produced by EU-OSHA.

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EU-OSHA publishes a huge range of research, all of which is free to download. As an example, the report below looks at a key issue in relation to Europe’s ageing workforce.

Safer and healthier work at any age - Country inventories

The country inventories investigate Member States and EFTA countries policies, strategies, and programmes addressing the challenges of an ageing workforce in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH) and policy areas that affect OSH; including policies, strategies, and programmes in relation to rehabilitation/return-to-work. 

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Our full range of publications covers all the issues to keep you informed of the latest developments in demographic change and healthy ageing.

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

Presentation of awards scheme in 2-3 sentences adaptes to the needs of employers:

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

The overall objective of the European Parliament’s ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ pilot project was to help inform policy developments in the area. It began in June 2013 and ran until the end of 2015. The project resulted in reports on OSH and older workers, on OSH, gender and older workers and on rehabilitation, as well as an analysis of 32 country reports and the final project report.

> Visit the project page on EU-OSHA’s website

Other relevant resources

EU-OSHA has collected a wide variety of case studies and tools, showing some of the approaches that have been taken to tackling the issues relating to Europe’s ageing workforce in practice.