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„The Beach of Enchaquirados“ wins the 2022 Healthy Workplaces Film Award

In a small village in Ecuador, Vicky during daytime goes fishing and in the evening, she runs a little bar. Vicky belongs to the local trans community and she balances her physically tough work at sea with feminine elegance in her private life. ‘The Beach of Enchaquirados’ (Ecuador, 2021) shows how LGBTI people can be accepted in a remote fishing community. The jury was especially appreciative of “how this film shows that togetherness and solidarity are important dimensions of working life, showing that community spirit contributes to individual resilience.”

Let’s lighten the load – discover how to address psychosocial risks and MSDs

It’s not just the physical demands of a job that can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Psychosocial factors such as excessive workloads, low job satisfaction and lack of support may contribute to or even worsen MSDs. Equally, MSDs can contribute to stress and mental overload. The current Healthy Workplaces campaign of EU-Osha aims to enhance understanding of the links between psychosocial risks and MSDs and recommends effective prevention approaches and examples of good practice.

AI for worker management: risks and opportunities for OSH

The use of artificial intelligence-based worker management (AIWM) systems can help design healthy and safe jobs and workplaces, but it may also bring about risks to workers such as intensification of work, loss of job control and dehumanisation. A new report outlines the risks and opportunities of AIWM systems for occupational safety and health.

ESENER survey highlights digital technologies and COVID-19 as new challenges to safety and health management

Digitalisation has been clearly identified an emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) issue by the 2019 European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). But despite the increasing use of robots, laptops, smartphones or wearable devices, less than one in four workplaces (24 %) are having discussions about the potential impact of such technologies on the safety and health of workers.

Help Alliance for Ukrainian Workers

Ukrainian workers are exposed to extreme additional risks at their workplaces during the and after the war. There is a great need for health and safety equipment during and after the war: PPE, first aid, fire-fighting, emergency, service, logistics, etc. - and there is and will be a great need for expertise and training during and after the war: safe demolition, exposure to asbestos, hazardous substances, energy supply, transportation, construction. The Help Alliance for Ukranian Workers wants to unite and mobilize the global family of occupational safety and health Experts and Prevention Specialists including Safety Suppliers as partners in a Global Help Alliance for Ukrainian Workers.

A+A 2023 under the sign of sustainability and digitalization

Exhibiting companies can now register for A+A 2023. The world's leading trade fair and congress event for personal protection, occupational safety and health at work will take place in Düsseldorf from 24 to 27 October 2023. Under the motto "People count", numerous exhibitors will present innovative solutions and concepts for safe and healthy working at A+A 2023. This time, the thematic umbrella of the leading international trade fair is formed by the big megatrends of digitalization and sustainability.

The rise of AI-based worker management systems: what’s in it for OSH?

More and more businesses are introducing worker management systems based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase their efficiency and productivity or to identify occupational safety and health risks. This includes systems to monitor workers’ performance and engagement or systems for automatic scheduling and task allocation.

The Basi in dialogue: Safety and Health – profitable for sustainable companies

How valuable are safety and health at work - not only in terms of motivated, healthy employees, but also for the sustainability and competitiveness of companies? What approaches are there, for example, for decision-makers to integrate occupational safety and health into sustainability strategies? What should company stakeholders do? Answers to these questions were offered at the first edition of the new online format "The Basi in Dialog". The recorded event is available for viewing (in German).

Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence for the automation of tasks at work: current status and considerations for OSH

Automation in the workplace is rising. While advances in technologies are opening up new opportunities, they also offer new challenges for the future of occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of its 4-year research programme on digitalisation, EU-OSHA has published an initial report to address types and definitions of artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics for the automation of tasks at work.

Musculoskeletal health promotion starts at school

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in children and young people as well as in young workers are worryingly high. Involving schools in occupational safety and health issues can help prevent this. Integrating safety and health in education is essential in developing a culture of prevention for students.

ESENER shows how health and safety is managed in human health and social work

A EU-OSHA policy brief highlights findings and takeaways from a study of OSH-related regulations, policies, strategies, initiatives, actions and programmes for digital platform work. It builds on four case studies, three of which present legislative initiatives in Spain, Italy and France. The fourth explains actions that labour and social security inspectorates can take to manage OSH risks.

Teleworking regulations are changing – so what do employers need to know?

Although the rate of telework has been increasing over the past decade, the Covid-19 pandemic instigated an unprecedented shift towards working from home. As a result, countries urgently needed to reassess legislation concerning teleworking to protect workers from new and emerging ergonomic risks to workers’ health. At the heart of the European approach to teleworking is the EU Framework Agreement on Telework, an autonomous agreement between social partners formulated in 2002.

Digital platform work: EU Member States’ regulations, policies and initiatives

A EU-OSHA policy brief highlights findings and takeaways from a study of OSH-related regulations, policies, strategies, initiatives, actions and programmes for digital platform work. It builds on four case studies, three of which present legislative initiatives in Spain, Italy and France. The fourth explains actions that labour and social security inspectorates can take to manage OSH risks.

Future Forum Pulse: Leveling the playing field in the hybrid workplace

“It’s time to move past the ,remote versus office’ debate. The future of work isn’t either/or—it’s both”: That's according to the Pulse Survey from Future Forum, which was launched by collaboration platform Slack. Findings from the Pulse survey show that as of End 2021, the majority of knowledge workers have adopted a hybrid work arrangement.

The concept of job crafting

Scientists look into the concept of job crafting, revealing the findings of two recent academic studies and at some of the positive outcomes for professionals who structure and shape their jobs with purposeful intent.

Psychosocial risks and work-related musculoskeletal disorders: exploring the links and prevention strategies

A report explores the connections between psychosocial factors and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace using data from the latest European Working Conditions Survey and European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks. It finds that some psychosocial factors — such as working time, job security and support from management — have more of an impact on MSDs than factors related to sociodemographics, country or economic sector.

New evidence on the link between psychosocial factors and musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be caused by physical factors, such as prolonged sitting and handling loads. However, the importance of psychosocial factors, such as low autonomy and poor communication at work, in the development of MSDs should not be underestimated. A new literature review looks at the link between these risk factors and MSDs.

A+A 2021: Safety First – as important as ever

A+A 2021 – the leading International Trade Fair for Safety, Security and Health at Work – drew to a successful close. 1,204 exhibitors from 56 nations and more than 25,000 trade visitors travelled to Düsseldorf, Germany to attend the sector’s most relevant trade fair. With these figures A+A – and the concurrently held International Congress for Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine – again clearly reflected the significantly increased relevance of safety at the workplace.

Regulating telework and occupational safety and health in a post-COVID world

Telework looks likely to become a permanent feature of employment for many organisations following the COVID-19 pandemic. But to what extent is this form of work covered by legislation to protect workers? A new report — informed by a survey of EU-OSHA’s national focal points and a literature review — examines how telework is regulated at EU and national levels.

Protecting teleworkers’ safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic

The sudden increase in teleworking from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has put workers at greater risk of musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems. A new report looks at these risks, the benefits and problems arising from teleworking, and the EU regulations in place to protect workers. It is illustrated with examples from different sectors in several countries of good teleworking practices adopted during the pandemic and highlights the importance of risk assessment. 

Start acting now: Why early intervention is key to preventing chronic MSDs

One in every four people in the EU suffer from a chronic musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), such as back pain, upper limb disorder, or osteoporosis, says EU-Osha (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work). Europe’s workforce is ageing, and as a result, chronic MSDs are likely to become even more prevalent. Taking action as soon as symptoms appear is therefore vital to maintaining a healthy workforce, retaining workers, and boosting businesses.

Lighten the Load: Basi is a Media Partner of EU-OSHA to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) remain the number one work-related health problem and, to support their prevention, EU-OSHA started the 2020-2022 campaign: “Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load” with several Official and Media Partners. Basi, Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health, is the campaign's sole German media partner. Around 60% of all workers with a work-related health problem identify MSDs as their most serious issue, which means that the work on prevention and awareness-raising is far from over.

Preparations for the A+A Congress 2021 have begun

A large number of excellent proposals for presentations on OSH and prevention have been submitted for the A+A Congress 2021 in Düsseldorf. The Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi) is very grateful for all proposals and has now started preparing the congress. The online portal for submitting proposals closed on 31 January 2021. However, if you missed the deadline and would still like to present an interesting topic at the A+A Congress, please contact the Basi team directly by calling +49 2241 231 6000 or via email: info@basi.de

Update to EU guidance on adapting workplaces and protecting workers in time of COVID-19

In a world of work severely affected by the current pandemic, employers and workers have to implement new procedures and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Occupational safety and health (OSH) offers practical support for adapting work to the new circumstances, and contributes to suppressing transmission of COVID-19. To help in this process, EU-OSHA has just released a revision of the OSH EU guidance.

The world of work and Corona – dealing with its effects

The pandemic affects each person differently, depending on where and how they are employed. Professor Nico Dragano from Düsseldorf University Hospital is working with his team to investigate the effects of the Corona pandemic. In an interview with the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi), he explains how the impact of the pandemic can be managed and what this means for the 37th International A+A Congress. Professor Dragano lectures in Medical Sociology and his research interests include psychosocial risk factors in the workplace.

ILO launched International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021

Child labour has decreased by 38 per cent in the last decade but 152 million children are still affected. The Covid-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation, but joint and decisive action can reverse this trend. The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Alliance 8.7  global partnership, is launching the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour , to encourage legislative and practical actions to eradicate child labour worldwide.

‘A German law can act as a role model’

A recent analysis carried out by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) deals with the issue of a legal regulation on corporate due diligence in global supply chains. In a Basi interview, Veronika Ertl, Development Policy Advisor at the KAS, talks about the options for regulating companies to comply with human rights and environmental protection regulations.

Call for Participation: Looking for ideas on future topics

The 37th International A+A Congress will be, more than ever, a platform for future topics. Basi is inviting its members and the entire German, European and international professional public to contribute to the content and methodology of the congress with its Call for Participation starting in September 2020. Basi members recently took part in a member survey and were involved in an online workshop.

New Date for TOS+H EXPO: May 14 to 17 2022

Following the postponement of the TOS+H EXPO due to the effects of Coronavirus Covid-19, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and its local partner Tezulaş Fuar are announcing a new date. The fourth edition of the leading trade fair for Turkish Occupational Safety and Health will take place from May 14 to 17 2022.

Postponement of OS+H Asia to 9 – 11 December 2020

The 12th edition of Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition for Asia has been postponed until the end of the year and will take place from 9-11 December 2020. The exhibition was originally scheduled for 26-28 August. As the region’s leading exhibition centred on workplace safety and health, OS+H Asia 2020 will now be strategically-held alongside MEDICAL FAIR ASIA, a synergy that was well-received in earlier editions.

TOS+H EXPO 2020 at new exhibition centre in Istanbul

In Istanbul TOS+H EXPO continues its positive development as the most important regional event for occupational safety and health from 3 to 6 May 2020. Demand for exhibition space is high because safety and health at work are as important as ever for Turkish companies. The trade fair and congress benefit from a strong OSH legislation with far-reaching safety provisions that impact all sectors of Turkish industry, education and the mining sector. This year some 95,000 new jobs are to be created by investment in occupational health and safety by the Ministry for Industry and Technology.

Visitors from all over the world descend on 36th A+A Congress 2019

The 36th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Health attracted around 5,000 visitors. International delegations came from Pakistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh, as well as from Eastern Europe. The events at the CCD Congress Centre Düsseldorf were well attended from day one.

Global Health & Education: a UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN Network

A new world-wide initiative in school health and safety promotion was launched for the coming four years at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris: the Global Health & Education UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN Network. This initiative provides a framework for participating universities to share their interests with partner organisations and institutions —for example, ENETOSH— in creating a new culture linking health and education.

Burnout in the workplace: A review of data and policy responses in the EU

The report looks at the extent of burnout experienced by workers in the EU, based on national research. As a starting point, the report sets out to consider whether burnout is viewed as a medical or occupational disease. It then examines the work determinants associated with burnout and looks at the effects of burnout.

Strengthening Social Europe through Healthier Workplaces for Safer Workers

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.

Open Round Table on the Future of Work

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 [...]

World Day against Child Labour 2017

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 and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work

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.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017 – Accurate data will help to save live

"Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April 2017.

Flexible Work in the Digital Age

New technologies such as mobile devices and mobile internet are increasingly challenging the concepts of a fixed workplace and regular working hours. The objective of the conference is to discuss recent scientific contributions on the causes and consequences of this development. The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach and aims to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, management, occupational medicine, psychology, and sociology.

Transforming lives. Shaping societies

The World Social Security Forum took place in Panama City, Panama, from 14 to 18 November 2016. The Forum is the largest and most important international event for social security and involved more than 1,000 participants, including ministers, administrators, CEOs and senior managers from ISSA member organizations in all world regions.

Alliance 8.7 against forced labour

The mission of Alliance 8.7 is to assist all UN member States to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

VISION ZERO

The First VISION ZERO Europe Conference on 7 - 9 September 2016 is a new approach to strengthen Safety & Health at Work in Mining, Quarries, Aggregates & Cement Industries.

Letterbox-type Companies in the European Union –

The use of letterbox-type companies by employers to circumvent and avoid labour law, Collective Labour Agreements (CLAs), social security contributions and corporate taxes is currently undermining the European Social Model and public finances.

World Social Security Forum

The World Social Security Forum "Transforming lives. Shaping societies" starts 14 – 18 November 2016 in Panama City, Panama.

Vision Zero Fund in Myanmar

Global prevention fund aims to strengthen occupational safety and health in producing countries such as Myanmar.

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