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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.


Key milestone in the fight against occupational cancers

12 July 2017

On 11 July 2017, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a draft compromise on revisions to the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work, negotiated between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament as part of the first phase of the revision process. The occupational exposure limit values (OELs) set out in this document should ensure that much more is done to protect workers.

Carcinogens Directive as centrepiece of the ETUI’s Seminar on Chemicals

5 July 2017

The 13th edition of the ETUI’s annual Seminar on Chemicals was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 29 and 30 June 2017. It brought together some 40 trade unionists from 17 countries across the European Union. Revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive was at the heart of the discussions.

With the crisis gripping the press, is this a chance to reinvent journalism?

28 June 2017

Following publication in the latest edition of HesaMag of a series of reports on the precarious state of journalists’ working conditions, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the ETUI invited representatives from journalists’ unions, lecturers and researchers from schools of journalism and journalists themselves to a debate on the subject which was held on 26 June 2017.

More than half of women say PPE prevents them doing their job

21 June 2017

The unisex approach applied by most manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) means it is unsuitable and uncomfortable for many female workers, according to a report published on 28 April 2017 by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Time for change: European trade unions join together to stem the rise in psychosocial risks

21 June 2017

The Fourth European Trade Union Workshop on Psychosocial Risks at Work, organised by the ETUI on 23 and 24 May 2017 in Brussels, provided a forum for 35 trade union representatives from 16 different European countries to discuss a range of topics centring around this year’s theme of ‘Psychosocial risks and collective action’, which was selected in response to the worrying year-on-year rise in the number of workers exposed to psychosocial risk factors.

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