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Reports, factsheets, summaries, etc. produced by EU-OSHA on the topic of managing stress and psychosocial risks

Key trends and drivers of change in information and communication technologies and work location

This report presents the findings of Work Package 1 of EU-OSHA’s project ‘Foresight on new and emerging occupational safety and health risks associated with information and communication technologies and work location by 2025’.

Trends and key drivers of change were identified in a three-stage process: horizon scanning, consultation with experts through phone interviews and a Delphi-like survey and then a mini-workshop. The report lists and describes these important trends and drivers, which are organised by STEEP (Societal, Technological, Economic, Environmental and Political) category.

From demographic changes to technological innovations, these are the factors that will decide what OSH challenges, associated with the digitalisation of work faces Europe in 2025. 

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Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) - Overview Report: Managing Safety and Health at Work

This report gives an overview of the findings of the second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2), focusing on occupational safety and health (OSH) in general, psychosocial risks in particular, workers’ involvement in OSH management and the main drivers and barriers to action. The survey aims to help workplaces deal more effectively with health and safety and to promote the health and well-being of employees. It provides cross-nationally comparable information relevant for the design and implementation of new policies in this field.

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Review of successful Occupational Safety and Health benchmarking initiatives

Within the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) benchmarking has been defined as ‘a planned process by which an organisation compares its health and safety processes and performance with others to learn how to reduce accidents and ill health, improve compliance with health and safety law and/or cut compliance costs’. Using this definition, the overarching aim of this project was to review occupational safety and health (OSH) benchmarking schemes that have been set up at sector, Member State or European level. The research also set out to assess the benefits that such schemes can deliver, as well as their limitations, and to identify the key factors and main obstacles to their success.

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Report - EU-OSHA review of successful Occupational Safety and Health benchmarking initiatives

This report documents the collective output of research activities undertaken by the Institute for Employment Studies in response to a request from EU-OSHA to undertake a review of successful OSH benchmarking initiatives. The overarching aim was to review OSH benchmarking schemes that have been set up at sector, Member State or European level in order to assess the benefits that such schemes can deliver, as well as their limitations, and to identify the key factors of and main obstacles to their success.

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Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards 2014–2015

The Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards were organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of the 2014–15 Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign. The 2014–15 awards aimed to highlight leading examples of companies or organisations actively managing stress and psychosocial risks at work. The awards recognise outstanding and innovative contributions, and a strong management commitment and participative approach when dealing with psychosocial risks. Through the competition, EU-OSHA promotes good practice solutions in the workplace and shares information about good practice across Europe.

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Executive summary: Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention

This executive summary is based on a joint report on psychosocial risks at work from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). It draws on the complementary work of the two agencies, which is reflected in their different roles. Acknowledging the complexity of the relationship between health and work, the report presents comparative information on the prevalence of psychosocial risks among workers and examines the associations between these risks and health and well-being. It also looks at the extent to which establishments take action to tackle psychosocial risks and describes interventions that can be adopted in companies. An overview of policies in six Member States is included.

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Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention

The report on psychosocial risks at work is a joint publication from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). It draws on the complementary work of the two agencies, which is reflected in their different roles. Acknowledging the complexity of the relationship between health and work, the report presents comparative information on the prevalence of psychosocial risks among workers and examines the associations between these risks and health and well-being. It also looks at the extent to which establishments take action to tackle psychosocial risks and describes interventions that can be adopted in companies. An overview of policies in six Member States is included.

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Calculating the cost of work-related stress and psychosocial risks

Work-related stress is expensive. Tackling stress and psychosocial risks can be viewed as too costly, but the reality is that it costs more to ignore them. Stress affects performance and leads to absence from work. If prolonged it may result in serious health problems such as cardiovascular or musculoskeletal diseases. All this comes at a cost. This report summarises the studies focusing on calculating costs of work-related stress and psychosocial risks. The main costs for individuals relate to health impairment, lower income and reduced quality of life. Organisations are affected by costs related to absenteeism, presenteeism, reduced productivity or high staff turnover. Health care costs and poorer business outcomes ultimately affect national economies and society.

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E-Fact 80: Hazard Identification Checklist: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) risks in the wind energy sector

As the European Union power sector continues its move away from oil, coal and nuclear fuels, wind energy has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and this is expected to continue. The wind energy sector is relatively young with turbine technology constantly progressing and this creates an ongoing responsibility to ensure workers that conduct tasks such as installations, operation, or maintenance do so under the safest possible conditions. This checklist accompanies EU-OSHA’s report “Occupational Safety and Health in the wind energy sector” and e-fact 79 on the same topic and aims to help with the hazard identification process. It covers hazards to workers’ safety and health from all activities undertaken during a wind turbine life-cycle from manufacturing, transportation, installation, operation, and maintenance, through to decommissioning and recycling.

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E-fact 79: Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector

This e-fact considers occupational safety and health (OSH) issues in the wind energy sector and is aimed at raising awareness and supporting good OSH in onshore and offshore facilities. It summarises the findings from EU-OSHA’s report ‘Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector’ (EU-OSHA, 2013a). It considers the activities associated with wind energy and identifies specific hazards to workers across the entire life cycle of wind turbines, from the design and manufacturing of parts, through their transport, installation and maintenance, to emergency rescue and waste treatment.

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Summary - Green jobs and occupational safety and health: Foresight on new and emerging risks associated with new technologies by 2020

In order to meet its environmental targets, the EU is set for a rapid growth of the green economy. It is therefore important to anticipate new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health (OSH) in green jobs in order to ensure that these jobs are not only good for the environment but also for workers’ safety and health. This summary presents a foresight study that has identified possible future scenarios for OSH in green jobs, given developments in green technologies, under different economic and social conditions. A full report with more details on the methodology and findings is also available.

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Drivers and barriers for psychosocial risk management: An analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

In 2009, EU-OSHA carried out the first Europe-wide establishment survey on health and safety at the workplace, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). Following on from the initial analysis presented in the descriptive overview report in 2010, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out in 2011. This report focuses on drivers and barriers for psychosocial risks, examining the needs for support that European enterprises should be provided with to manage psychosocial risks effectively.

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Management of psychosocial risks at work: An analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

In 2009, EU-OSHA carried out the first Europe-wide establishment survey on health and safety at the workplace, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). Following on from the initial analysis presented in the descriptive overview report in 2010, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out in 2011. This report focuses on management of psychosocial risks at work, exploring how practices vary across Europe depending on, for example, establishment size, location and sector.

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Factsheet 102 - Mental health promotion in the workplace A summary of a good practice report

This factsheet summarises a good practice report on mental health promotion (MHP) at the workplace. Mental health promotion includes all the actions that contribute to good mental health. Its primary aim is to focus on what maintains and improves our mental wellbeing. It is important to highlight that optimally effective MHP should include a combination of both risk management and health promotion. In the report you can find information on how to integrate MHP into a comprehensive approach to enhancing and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of employees at work. Several of the case studies are particularly interesting because of their innovative and creative approaches.

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E-fact 61 - Tobacco: advice for employers on creating a smoke-free working environment

Environmental tobacco smoke exposure – also known as second-hand smoke exposure – is a significant cause of mortality, morbidity and disability in the EU. Occupational ETS exposure refers to exposure at the workplace to tobacco smoke produced by others. The smoke can be produced by customers as well as by colleagues. However in Europe it is rare for workers to be exposed to ETS produced by colleagues, as the majority of EU Member States have implemented a smoking ban at workplaces. The hotel and catering sector is, however, an exception as many Member States do not yet have a complete smoking ban in restaurants, bars, etc. This E-fact is inetended for employers. It describes health and economic aspects of ETS exposure, as well as it provides an advice about creating smoke-free workplaces and helping smoking workers to quit.

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Management of occupational safety and health: An Analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

In 2009, EU-OSHA carried out the first Europe-wide establishment survey on health and safety at the workplace, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). Following on from the initial analysis presented in the descriptive overview report in 2010, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out in 2011. This report focuses on management of safety and health at work, examining how practices vary across Europe depending on, for example, establishment size, location and sector.

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Management of occupational safety and health - An Analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) - Technical report annexes 1 and 2

In 2009, EU-OSHA carried out the first Europe-wide establishment survey on health and safety at the workplace, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). Following on from the initial analysis presented in the descriptive overview report in 2010, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out in 2011. This is the technical annex to a report that focuses on management of safety and health at work, examining how practices vary across Europe depending on, for example, establishment size, location and sector.

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Occupational Safety and Health culture assessment - A review of main approaches and selected tools

Occupational safety and health culture, or more briefly 'OSH culture', can be seen as a concept for exploring how informal organisational aspects influence OSH in a positive or negative way. The aim is to convey up-to-date information on this complex topic in a straightforward, condensed way, trying to build a bridge between research and practice. The main approaches and methods that exist to assess the safety culture in an organisation are presented and discussed. This review gives an overview and selection of useful tools and techniques from the EU domain and abroad.

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Mental health promotion in the workplace – A good practice report

Mental health promotion (MHP) includes all the actions that contribute to good mental health. Its primary aim is to focus on what maintains and improves our mental wellbeing. It is important to highlight that optimally effective MHP should include a combination of both risk management and health promotion. In this good practice report you can find information on how to integrate MHP into a comprehensive approach to enhancing and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of employees at work. Several of the case studies are particularly interesting because of their innovative and creative approaches.

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Emergency services: occupational safety and health risks

The report shows that emergency workers have a high risk of suffering fatal accidents, injuries and other occupational diseases. Past disasters demonstrate that both communities and companies are often not fully prepared for major accidents and catastrophes. Better protection for emergency workers against occupational hazards should be given high priority, as current environmental, economic, and political developments suggest an increase in the severity and frequency of future disasters.

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