Event Details: 15th March 2018 Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm in Brussels According to recent data from Eurostat (2016) every year more than 3 million EU-28 workers are involved in serious accidents at work, which force them to take at least four days of workplace absence. The European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) reports that 15% of EU workers have to handle dangerous substances as part of their job, and another 15% report breathing in smoke, fumes, powder or dust at work.
Forced labour – Hundreds of Brazilian workers rescued at least twice from slavery- in past 15 years More than 35,000 people were rescued from slave labour in Brazil over the past 15 years, but over 600 of them ended up in similar conditions at least a second time.
This means that 1.73 per cent of the 35,341 workers rescued from slavery in the country between 2003 and 2017 ended up in slave labour at least for a second time. Twenty-two of those were […]
Bangladesh: Improving safety in the garment industry
An ILO programme is helping garment factories in Bangladesh improve safety and minimize the risk of another tragedy like the one that claimed more than 1,100 lives in 2013. The main goal of the programme is to enhance safety in factories so that the country should never again experience a tragedy like the Rana Plaza collapse.
State-of-the-art report on reproductive toxicants: Summary available in various languages Reprotoxicants can affect both women’s and men’s reproductive health. They can also affect foetal and human development and effects include miscarriages, malformations and functional deficits.
A summary that presents the current knowledge on workplace risks to reproduction is now available in 12 languages.
31 May 2018: REACH deadline approaching for EU-wide registration of chemicals The REACH Regulation requires companies that manufacture or import chemical substances into the EU to register them with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
If your company manufactures or imports chemicals, have a look at the seven steps to take for a successful REACH registration.
If your company is using chemicals, check the search for chemicals to make sure your critical substances have been registered or are intended to be, and that the registration […]
Key project’s results on OSH and machinery within the construction sector published The EU joint Working safer with construction machines project managed by partners from the construction social dialogue has just published its key results on how to improve the occupational safety and health (OSH) aspects in the design and use of machinery.
The project has lasted two years and the key outcomes include five workshops that resulted in four fact sheets on standardisation, ergonomics, collision avoidance and worksite organisation/training, as well as […]
Eurofound’s report on ageing and sustainable working conditions published Within the context of Eurofound’s concept of ‘sustainable work over the life course’, the Working conditions of workers of different ages report analyses these factors in depth for the 28 EU Member States using data from the latest European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS 2015). The report also investigates the conditions of employment for different age groups, linking them to work life balance, health & well-being and career prospects.
Key findings show that poor working […]
Open Round Table on the Future of Work A public Round Table on the Future of Work takes place on 5 February 2018 in the European Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels.
The event is organised by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) and it is a step towards the development of an Opinion on the Future of Work. The Opinion will explore the phenomena ranging from the consequences of automation and digitalisation on the labour market, including the […]
12 June - World Day Against Child Labour The World Day Against Child Labour this year focused on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.
Violence against women and men in the world of work is an abuse of power that affects the most marginalised workers. Women are disproportionately affected where unequal power relations, low pay, non-standard working conditions and other workplace abuses expose them to violence in the world of work. This report draws on the work of Global Union Federations and 35 national case studies.