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Title: NDPHS Annual Conference - Forum "Healthy life - Healthy work"

Trends on OSH and the Healthy Workplace Initiative
NDPHS Annual Conference - Forum "Healthy life -
Healthy work" Vilnius, 15 November 2007
Jukka Takala Director
  • Current situation changing world of work
  • Changes in the workplace
  • Changes in the workforce
  • From occupational safety to occupational health
  • Present and future challenges
  • Policy opportunities
  • Healthy Workplace Initiative

Changes in the workplace
  • Economic structure
  • Tertiarisation usually implies fewer accidents
    but higher prevalence of psychosocial issues
  • Employment structure
  • Part-time, seasonal, temporary agency work,
    subcontracting, self-employment, telework
  • Legislation and best practice
  • e.g., to encourage the integration of people with
    disabilities at work
  • requires more attention to workers health status
    (incl. chronic diseases)

Changes in the workforce
  • Ageing population
  • delayed retirement more important to maintain
    health and work ability
  • Workers gt55 suffer the most serious accidents,
    and have the greatest incidence of illnesses such
    as occupational cancers
  • Increasing number of women at work
  • Traditionally under-researched and overlooked
    emphasis on accidents and male-dominated sectors
    and occupations
  • Increasing number of migrant workers
  • Concentrated in high-risk sectors
  • Over-represented in hazardous jobs

Trends in the population age structure EU-25
Major causes of death by age group, EU-25, 2001
Global Estimated Work-Related Fatalities by
Region, absolute numbers
World Bank Regions EME - Established Market
Economies FSE - Former Socialist Economies IND
- India CHN - China OAI - Other Asia and
Islands SSA - Sub-Saharan Africa LAC -
Latin-America and Caribbean MEC - Middle Eastern
Policy opportunities
  • This complex situation in the workplace and in
    society requires joined-up action across policy
  • Public, occupational and environmental health
    employment economics research
  • The key concerns in OSH offer excellent
    opportunities for concerted action
  • Psychosocial factors stress, violence bullying
  • MSDs mainstreaming OSH into education
  • biological hazards pandemics, recycling
  • chemical hazards implementation of REACH

The problem in Europe is a major one
Work-related Fatalities EU 27
225 million economically active, employment 205
  • 167,000 fatalities attributed to work-related
    accidents and diseases in EU, and within that
  • 159,000 fatalities attributed to work-related
  • 7,460 fatalities caused by accidents at work in
    the EU,
  • 74,000 fatalities attributed to hazardous
    substances at work in the EU (asbestos included)

OSH Performance and National Competitiveness
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What are the objectives of the HWI?
  • Overall
  • Developing a preventive safety and health culture
    in newest Member States, Accession countries.
  • Specific
  • Knowledge transfer to meet specific needs of
  • Raising awareness of Health Safety essentials
  • Main message
  • Safety and Health at Work is everyones concern.
    Its good for you. Its good for business.

How did the campaign ensure optimal visibility
for SMEs in 2006?
  • Dedicated website in 13 languages
  • Targeted literature dissemination (FOPs EICs)
  • Risk Assessment Checklists
  • OSH Essentials Brochure
  • National, regional and local PR and Press
    campaigns (printed and online)
  • Healthy Workplace Initiative seminars (36)
  • Half-day / Full day
  • Presentations by OSH authorities, EICs and SMEs

What were the results in 2006?
  • Results of the 2006 campaign show
  • Agency HWI dedicated website received over 85.000
    visits to date
  • Over 100.000 Risk Assessment checklists were
    disseminated by FOPs and EICs
  • Press advertisements (printed and online) reached
    over 23.000.000 contacts in the 12 countries
  • PR work resulted in 179 press clippings in the 12

How will the campaign reach SMEs?
  • Via a dedicated website in 15 languages
  • http//hwi.osha.europa.eu/
  • Via targeted literature distribution
  • Risk Assessment Checklists (new design)
  • OSH Essentials Brochure (new design)

  • Thank you for your attention
  • Jukka Takala
  • Director,
  • European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
  • takala_at_osha.europa.eu
  • For more information on HWI please contact Bruno
    Thiébaud thiebaud_at_osha.europa.eu
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