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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) organised an online symposium to discuss the new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027. A summary of the symposium, recordings of all sessions and photos are now available.
We need to sit less and move more at work. Our new info sheet explains how physical activity can become part of any job. The short guide highlights the musculoskeletal and other health problems associated with sedentary work, and what employers and workers can do to integrate movement into work routines.
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.
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.
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.
In Zeiten, in denen Menschen immer öfter im Homeoffice sitzen und nicht in ihr Fitness-Studio gehen können, bekommt der Tag der Rückengesundheit am 15. März 2021 neues Gewicht. Wer „keinen Bock“ auf Rücken hat, dem zeigt das Basi-Mitglied AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken) gemeinsam mit dem Bundesverband deutscher Rückenschulen in einer Themenwoche, wie man zuhause fit bleibt. Rückenschmerzen gehören zu den häufigsten arbeitsbedingten Muskel- und Skeletterkrankungen, gegen die sich die Europäische Agentur für Sicherheit und Gesundheitsschutz am Arbeitsplatz (EU-OSHA) in ihrer Kampagne „Gesunde Arbeitsplätze – entlasten dich!“ wendet. Die Basi unterstützt die Kampagne als deutscher Medienpartner.