Occupational doctors play a key role in preventive workplace health in most European countries. They are there to help the workers by seeing that their work does not harm their health. Their knowledge of the environment they work in also lets them press employers to improve it. Years of worsening conditions in which they provide their services pose a real threat to health and safety.
In this special report, the European Trade Union Institute looks to identify the main factors that are undermining occupational health services in Europe: shortage of specialists, overwork that undermines the quality of services, loss of direct contact with actual working conditions, feeling of being forsaken, commercialism of health and safety at work services, etc.
The latest issue of ETUI's HesaMag focuses on working conditions in the waste and recycling industries in Europe.
The special report of the latest issue of HesaMag looks at workers' exposure to chemical risks. Six years after the REACH Regulation came onto the books, is Europe’s chemicals market now kinder to health and the environment?
This issue carries a feature on standardization, an area governed by new European rules since January 2013. The regulations introduce a series of measures that open up new opportunities for trade unions to get more involved in the work of European standardization bodies.