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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.


Gig economy drivers and riders at heightened risk of traffic collisions

29 August 2018

The pressures that come with being a self-employed courier or taxi driver may significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, a new report by UCL (University College London) finds.

Dramatic fall in asbestos production worldwide

23 August 2018

Over the past years, there has been a dramatic drop in asbestos production worldwide, according to figures published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The figures revealed a drop from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2012 to approximately 1.4 million tonnes in 2015.

Monsanto ordered to pay €254 million to gardener living with cancer

20 August 2018

On 10 August, a Superior Court jury in California granted Dewayne Johnson, a gardener, $289 million (€254 million) in damages from Monsanto for its Roundup weed killer having caused his cancer.

France: a parliamentary report recommends putting prevention back at the heart of the occupational health policy

17 August 2018

The parliamentary committee of inquiry into occupational diseases in industry published its report on 19 July. It contains 43 proposals to enhance the prevention of occupational risks.

‘Tens of thousands’ of workers exposed to radiation risks in Fukushima cleanup, U.N. rights experts say

17 August 2018

Three United Nations human rights experts have criticized the Japanese government for allegedly exploiting and putting at risk the lives of “tens of thousands” of people engaged in cleanup operations at and around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

France: the social partners reject the idea of a standard on mental health in the workplace

12 July 2018

As part of the discussions in a body overseen by the Labour Minister, France’s social partners stated clearly that they were opposed to any draft standard on mental health and safety in the workplace. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) would like to begin work on this draft standard, following on from the adoption in March of a standard on occupational health and safety management.

ETUI seminar on carcinogens at work and chemical risks

6 July 2018

The 14th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals took place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2018. It brought together some 40 trade union members from across Europe with a view to coordinating trade union action on the fight against occupational cancers.

HesaMag n°17: All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry

22 June 2018

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the working conditions in the beauty industry. Because they contribute to our wellbeing, beauty professionals are rarely seen as workers who face health and safety risks. And yet, those who take care of the body of others pay the price with their personal health.


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