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ICOH 2015 - Trends and challenges of OSH in Europe

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ICOH 2015 - Seoul. A session at the Asian Policy Forum to examine how the European OSH system works, and how we can look for improvements to address current challenges and new emerging risks.

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ICOH 2015 - Trends and challenges of OSH in Europe

  1. 1. Safety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you. It’s good for business. Trends and challenges of occupational safety and health in Europe Dr Christa Sedlatschek Director 1 June 2015 31st International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) Seoul APOSHO Asian Policy Forum
  2. 2. http://osha.europa.eu 2 EU-OSHA The European Union body responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant information to serve the needs of those involved in safety and health at work
  3. 3. http://osha.europa.eu 3 OSH in the EU • 85% of workers satisfied with the health and safety situation in their workplace (EB 2014), thanks to the comprehensive legislation and policy actions implemented by EU, Member States and social partners. • However: − > 4 000 workers die of accidents at work and > 3 million workers are victims of a serious accident at work. − 160 000 deaths annually are attributed to work-related diseases, 95 000 of which to occupational cancer. − Costs due to work-related sick leave, work-related diseases and accidents are unacceptably high and put a heavy burden on competitiveness and social security budgets in addition to workers’ health.
  4. 4. http://osha.europa.eu 4 Analytical model: Determinants of OSH
  5. 5. http://osha.europa.eu 5 Why no risk assessment?  Smaller businesses lack the awareness of the hazards and risks they face
  6. 6. http://osha.europa.eu 6 Needs of small and micro-enterprises Awareness raising Practical support tools
  7. 7. http://osha.europa.eu 7 The health problem in the EU • More than 150,000 work-associated deaths annually (ILO estimate) • € 490 billion cost to the EU economy
  8. 8. http://osha.europa.eu 8 Hazards, risks, and risk factors
  9. 9. http://osha.europa.eu 9 Demographic change: Age, gender, mobility
  10. 10. http://osha.europa.eu 10 Fewer young and more older workers
  11. 11. http://osha.europa.eu 11 Workability by age and occupation 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 <25 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 Age construction worker roofer potter businesspeople parliamentarian scientist Days sick leave
  12. 12. http://osha.europa.eu 12 ESENER-2 - Difficulties in addressing health and safety, by country: the complexity of legal obligations (% establishments, EU-28). Base: all establishments in the EU-28. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Lithuania Slovenia Latvia Finland Denmark Estonia Malta Sweden Romania Hungary Slovakia United Kingdom Bulgaria Luxembourg Spain Ireland Czech Republic Austria Cyprus Croatia Germany EU-28 Poland Portugal Netherlands Belgium France Greece Italy Major difficulty Minor difficulty Not a difficulty No answer
  13. 13. http://osha.europa.eu 13 EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work – 2014-2020  Identifies the challenges 1. Implementation  Different approaches to implementation in EU  Particular challenge for micro and small enterprises 2. Work-related diseases  4-8% of cancers due to occupational exposure  workplace stress, musculo-skeletal disorders 3. Demographic change  working population between 55-64 set to increase  older workers need to stay healthy to retirement
  14. 14. http://osha.europa.eu 14 EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work – 2014-2020  Objectives focus on structural issues 1. Consolidation of national strategies 2. Facilitate compliance, especially in MSEs 3. Better enforcement by Member States 4. Simplifying legislation 5. Ageing, new risks, occupational diseases 6. Improving statistical data collection 7. Better international coordination
  15. 15. http://osha.europa.eu 15 EU-OSHA strategic approach EU Strategic Framework Multi-annual strategic programme Identified priorities Annual Management Plan Specific projects
  16. 16. http://osha.europa.eu 16 EU-OSHA’s multi-annual strategic programme 2014-2020  Anticipating change • Foresight methodology • Research priorities  Facts and figures • MSEs • Older workers • ESENER • Work related diseases • Benefits of OSH  OSH tools • OIRA • E-Tools  Raising awareness • Campaigning  Networking knowledge • OSHWiki • OSH Strategies  Networking • International networking
  17. 17. http://osha.europa.eu 17 More information in 25 languages http://osha.europa.eu

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