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Damini Purkayastha, Christophe Vanroelen, Tuba Bircan, ...

Work, health and Covid-19

With work a key vector of Covid‑19 transmission, this report examines why it is critical that occupational health and safety measures take centre stage in mitigation policies. Workers in sectors declared essential by state authorities have been mandated to continue working in physical settings during the pandemic. Several such sectors involve many... Find out more

Exposure to psychosocial risk factors in the gig economy

The ‘gig economy’ refers to a market system in which companies or individual requesters hire workers to perform short assignments. These transactions are mediated through online labour platforms, either outsourcing work to a geographically dispersed crowd or allocating work to individuals in a specific area. Over the last decade, the diversity of... Find out more

Laurent Vogel, Mehmet Koksal, Jairo Ernesto Luna-García, ...

Occupational health in the courts

With 180 000 work-related deaths every year in the European Union and more than 2.5 million worldwide, occupational health is a crucial issue for workers and trade unions. Knowing that, somewhere in the world, a worker dies every 11 seconds because of a lack of proper prevention, you might wonder whether there is any point in campaigning for more... Find out more

Christelle Casse, Marianne De Troyer

Gender, working conditions and health

In Europe, despite equal treatment laws that mainly concern wages and non-discrimination between individuals, the gendered division of labour is still present: men and women do not work in the same professions and, when they work in similar occupations, their work activity, work experience, opportunities for professional promotion and remuneration... Find out more

Our failure to prevent known risks

Hazards from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, should be addressed in line with the EU Biological Agents Directive and by means of a strengthened centralised capacity of the European Union for the monitoring of and response to health emergencies. Mitigating and preventing the impact of the illness, Covid-19, should be done by classifying... Find out more

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April 12, 2021

Launch of the multilingual thesaurus on occupational health and safety

On 23 March 2021, the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health (EU-OSHA) launched its multilingual thesaurus on Occupational Health and Safety (OSH). This tool consists of... Find out more

March 31, 2021

Covid-19 reveals the state of health and safety at work

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a stress test for occupational safety and health (OSH) in the EU, unfortunately revealing several structural deficiencies in the way the EU OSH regulatory system is... Find out more

March 26, 2021

Covid-19 as occupational disease: the need for European homogenisation

Subscribe to our newsletters → here The Covid-19 pandemic is having strong impacts on workers exposed to the virus in their work environment. According to Eurostat (the European Statistical Office)... Find out more

March 26, 2021

The European Parliament overwhelming votes on improvements to the Carcinogens Directive

Subscribe to our newsletters → here With over 94% of the vote, MEPs on the European Parliament's Employment Committee approved on 25 March 2021 significant amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens... Find out more

March 26, 2021

Stop Cancer at Work Campaign calls on the European Commission to work with the Parliament and Council to legislate now to prevent workplace cancer

European Parliament votes to stop cancer at work and include hazardous drugs and reprotoxins in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) Stop Cancer at Work Campaign calls on the European... Find out more