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.
The 37th International A+A Congress will take place between 26–29 October 2021 for the first time as a congress with streamed hybrid events. The Congress will run in parallel to the A+A World-Leading Trade Fair for Safety and Health in Düsseldorf. The organisation of the congress is particularly challenging for the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi). Dr Christian Felten, Managing Director of Basi: ‘Visitors can expect a more compact format, but streaming the event means that more people can take part than has been possible with face-to-face congresses in previous years.’
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.
As the largest, most influential and longest-running trade fair for occupational safety and health in China, the 102nd China International Occupational Safety & Health Goods Expo (CIOSH 2021) drew to a successful conclusion at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNICE).
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.
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: email@example.com
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The corona pandemic is just as much of a wake-up call as the major disasters of 2012/2013 that occurred in production facilities. The interrelationships in global supply chains are once again attracting increased attention.
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.
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.
Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Occupational noise can have major negative effects on health as it causes hearing damage and deafness, stress, poor productivity, and interferes with communication. A practical guide for buyers of machineries raises awareness of the risks related to occupational noise and encourages companies to buy low-noise equipment.
By understanding the causes for long-term stress and workload of employees and its impact on sickness and rest periods, WorkingAge (WA) project aims to create a set of rules that enable adaptation of the changing status of the workers aged >50 to their working and living environment.
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.
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.
An increase in heat stress resulting from global warming is projected to lead to global productivity losses equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs in the year 2030, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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.
he winner of the award, given to the best film on the subject of work, is Marina by Julia Roesler of Germany. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) supports the Healthy Workplaces Film Award, hosted by the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig).
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.
This report sets out the findings of the final analysis of the SESAME project, a three-year project researching the state of occupational safety and health in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe. The main aim of the analysis was to find out ‘what works, for whom and in which contexts’.
107th International Labour Conference: ILO tripartism “a most potent antidote” to negative political trends and discourse World parliament of labour heads for ground-breaking new standards on violence at work and supports renewed push [...]
New measures needed to protect port workers opening fumigated containers from harm A new study by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has reviewed the risks to workers when [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Despite a continued increase in the female activity rate in Europe during the recent financial crisis and a narrowing of the gender participation gap in most Member States, a significant gender employment gap remains.
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.