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Health & Safety - working conditions

23% of European workers believe that their safety or their health is at risk because of their work – a figure which shows that working conditions in Europe are not improving. And even though manufacturing employment across Europe is shrinking and losing ground to service jobs, exposure to traditional physical hazards - noise, dangerous goods, heavy lifting, etc. – has not gone away. In this section we monitor latest news and highlight our research activities on working conditions and occupational health and safety.


Health and safety protections for workers are at risk from government’s Brexit plans, says TUC

22 May 2017

On 17 May 2017, the TUC has published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: the ETUC denounces inequalities in terms of health and safety at work

2 May 2017

This year, the international labour movement had placed the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, celebrated every 28 April, under the issue of the impact of discriminations on workers’ health and safety. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has delivered a message focused on the risks encountered by some specific categories of workers.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: discrimination is bad for your health

25 April 2017

On Friday 28 April, the international trade union movement will be holding its annual Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. This year, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will denounce the impact of discrimination on workers’ health and safety.

High levels of chronic disease among the residents of one of Europe’s largest industrial zones

21 April 2017

A survey carried out in two of France’s municipalities which house one of Europe’s largest petrochemical complexes has revealed that two thirds of respondents suffer from chronic diseases, including cancer.

Danish working environment in crisis

20 April 2017

In just five years the number of Danish workers reporting suffering from work-related psychological strain has grown by 17 percent, and 15 percent more are experiencing muscular and skeletal strain. The standards of Danish working environments have fallen so rapidly that the Minister for Employment Troels Lund Poulsen from Venstre, the Liberal Party of Denmark, has acknowledged that existing working environment measures have not worked and must be revised.

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