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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.


Belgium: 28 000 cases of burnout in 2017

23 February 2018

According to the figures of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI), the Belgian body responsible for compensating workers who are incapacitated for work, 28 000 cases of burnout were recorded in Belgium in 2017. Of the 400 000 people who received compensation in 2017, around 7 % suffered from burnout and 15 % suffered from depression.

L’exposition des ouvriers aux risques physiques traditionnels reste élevée

23 February 2018

Une vaste enquête sur les conditions de travail en France montre que les ouvriers restent soumis à d’importantes « contraintes physiques » sur leur lieu de travail, tout en ayant une autonomie dans leur travail de plus en plus faible.

Cleaning products as bad for lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, scientists warn

20 February 2018

Regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on lung health comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, according to a new study.

EU report on how enterprises are dealing with new and emerging risks

19 February 2018

On 15 February 2018, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published a report on the management of occupational health and safety in European workplaces.

Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

14 February 2018

Inspectors commissioned by the European Chemicals Agency have found high concentrations of toxic chemicals in consumer products. As an example, every fifth toy inspected contained high levels of restricted phthalates. Asbestos has also been detected in second-hand products.


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