Presentation on theme: "The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work"— Presentation transcript:
1 The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Healthy WorkplacesGood for you. Good for businessLjubljana, 25th October 2010William CockburnEuropean Risk Observatory, EU-OSHA
2 EU-OSHA Established in 1996 in Bilbao Mission: To help improve working conditions in the European Union by collecting, analysing and communicating technical, scientific and economic information related to OSH to Community bodies, Member States, the social partners and all those involved in the field of OSHEU-OSHA is a tripartite organisation and brings together representatives from:governments, employers’ and workers’ organisationsas well as from the European CommissionOur missionWe are the European Union organisation responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant information that can serve the needs of people involved in safety and health at work.Our visionTo be the European centre of excellence for occupational safety and health information, promoting a preventive culture to support the goal of making Europe’s current and future workplaces safe, healthy and productive.Our valuesPan-European; relevant and responsive; reliable and transparent; tripartite; and partnership- and network-based.Our goal:To raise awareness of OSH risks and their preventionTo identify good practice in OSH and facilitate its exchangeTo anticipate new and emerging risks in order to facilitate preventive actionTo promote MS co-operation on information sharing and research, andTo promote networking to make the best use of OSH resources in Europe and beyond
3 A network of Focal Points to support the Agency's activities Every Member State has a focal pointEvery focal point has a tripartite national networkExtent of activity depends upon national structuresEUEFTA/EEACandidate and potential candidate countries
4 Health and safety at work: What is the scale of the challenge in Europe?What is EU-OSHA’s role?
5 5,580 died in a fatal accident at work in 2007 Accidents at work5,580 died in a fatal accident at work in 20077 million workers (3%) suffered an accident resulting in time off workIn 1 in 4 cases, this was for longer than a month800,000 had two or more accidentsEqual to 83 million lost days, not including those who will never work again (25,000) and those still on sick leave during the study (363,000)
6 Work-related health problems and occupational diseases 8.6% of workers suffered a work-related health problem in 2007Approximately 23 million workers, of whom 2.1% (483,000) had two or more problems12.5 million had to take time off workApproximately 367 million work days lost in 2007 (excluding 1.4 million who do not expect to work again)Longest absences related to cardiovascular problems, stress/depression/anxiety and lower body MSDs
7 Work-related health problems experienced in the past 12 months Source: LFS ad hoc module 2007 – FR not included60% identified MSDs as their most serious work-related health problem14% identified stress, depression or anxiety as the most serious health problem
8 EU-OSHA’s roleIdentify OSH issues related to the changing world of workBoard, Focal Points, staff, stakeholders, Topic Centre, othersAnalyse the issues and help coordinate researchEuropean Risk ObservatoryIdentify practical approaches to dealing with the issuesWorking Environment Information UnitDisseminate the informationCommunication and Promotion UnitPan-European ‘Healthy workplaces’ campaignsBring together interest groups to share information and promote a positive health and safety cultureNetworks include EFTA/EEA, candidate, pre-accession countriesInternet-based information exchangeThe Agency was set up in 1996 to collect and disseminate information on health and safety at work. Since 2005, the European Risk Observatory has been responsible for identifying new and emerging risks, monitoring trends in OSH, helping to coordinate research and providing a platform for debate.
9 Upcoming EU-OSHA activities Coordination and promotion of researchSeek consensus on priorities and encourage inclusion of OSH in research programmesForesight on new and emerging risksIdentify risks arising due to demographic, scientific, technological, societal or economic changes2012 Healthy Workplaces CampaignBetter Health and Safety at Work through PreventionProvide workplace solutionsOnline interactive risk assessment tool, economic incentives, occupational health promotion, mainstreaming OSH into education