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1 Health and Safety in Foundation’s work 9 May 2007 Sara Riso Information Liaison Officer, Working Conditions, European Foundation

2 Monitoring instruments European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS): Track situation, trends in working conditions and how workers perceive their working environment at European level  work-related health outcomes, exposure to physical and psychological risks, impact of work organisation on health, work- related leaves, information on workplace risks EWCO (European Working Conditions Observatory): Comparative analysis, articles, survey data reports, annual review EMCC (European Monitoring Centre on Change):  Stakeholder Enquiry Service (SES) EIRO (European Industrial Relations Observatory): Thematic and sectoral analyses, news and feature articles, comparative analysis, annual review

3 European Working Conditions Survey Geographical coverage (31 European Countries) workers interviewed, random walk, face to face interviews in people’s homes Fieldwork, Sep-Nov 2005 Revised questionnaire developed with the support of an expert questionnaire development group questions and sub-questions Broad thematic coverage: Working time, physical / psychosocial risks, work organisation, work satisfaction, work-related health outcomes / absenteeism, non-work activities (domestic care, education etc)….

4 Main findings (Health & Safety) Workers in the new Member States report significantly higher risk levels than those in the EU 15 Physical and psychological risk factors of work have not reduced substantially Clear correlation between long and irregular working hours and increased work-related health problems

5 Impact of work on health and reported symptoms

6 Impact of work on health, by sector EU27 (%)

7 Exposure to physical risks stable or on the increase most reported risks - exposure to ¼ and more of the time

8 Exposure to physical risks in the construction sector

9 Exposure ergonomic risk factors by sector / occupation Financial interm. Real estate Public administration and defence White collar Education and health Transport and communication Wholesale and retail trade Other services Electricity, gas and water supply Manufacture and mining Hotels and restaurants Blue collar Agriculture and fishing Construction

10 Violence and harassment by sector

11 Exposure to violence / threats of violence by country grouping

12 Working more than 48 hours a week

13 Working hours by sector

14 Impact of long working hours on health

15 Health-related leave by sector

16 Information on workplace risks by EWCS waves

17 Lack of information about risks by company size

18 Secondary analysis and ad-hoc reports Sectoral perspective on working conditionsSectoral perspective on working conditions  Accent on exposure and health outcomes  Description of sector by gender, age, education and employment status Upon request, customised reports on ad-hoc themes drawing conclusions from existing sources and looking into survey dataUpon request, customised reports on ad-hoc themes drawing conclusions from existing sources and looking into survey data

19 European Working Conditions Observatory EU and country level articles (browse by country, sector and theme) – and country level articles (browse by country, sector and theme) – Comparative analysis: MSDs and organisational changes (to be published shortly on the web)Comparative analysis: MSDs and organisational changes (to be published shortly on the web) Comparative analysis: Correlation between OHS / working conditions and social dialogue (sectoral context also taken into account)Comparative analysis: Correlation between OHS / working conditions and social dialogue (sectoral context also taken into account) Annual review 2006/07: legislative and policy developments and trends in working conditions (from external sources)Annual review 2006/07: legislative and policy developments and trends in working conditions (from external sources)

20 European Working Conditions Observatory

21 Stakeholder Enquiry Service (SES) What is it?  Customer oriented rapid-response research tool  4/5 month turn around Who is it for?  EF stakeholders (EU institutions, SPs, Gvts) Is it free?  Yes - € ceiling What are the criteria for applying?  European impact of research question, useful to parties beyond the requesting organisation/s

22 Stakeholder Enquiry Service (SES) How does it work? Identify issue to be researched & submit request Draw up specifications together with EMCC Tender is launched EMCC manages project in consultation Final report is produced in 5 months

23 Stakeholder Enquiry Service (SES) Gender equality innovative measures in the transport industry European Transport Workers’ Federation (2007) On-going Request Aim Create case study database of innovative measures to improve gender equality in the workplace CountriesCroatia France Hungary Italy Spain The Netherlands United Kingdom

24 European Industrial Relations Observatory

25 WHO to contact? EWCO: Sara Riso, Information Liaison Officer, Web: Stakeholder Enquiry Service (SES): Xabier Irastorza, research officer, Web: EIRO: Camilla Galli da Bino, Information Liaison Officer, Web:

26 Thank you!


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