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Gender, health and work

Generally speaking, women's issues are absent from occupational health and safety policies: the hazards involved are either unknown or underestimated. This failure to take account of women's health issues in the workplace constitutes a barrier to effective policies on occupational health and equal opportunities. In this section, you can find the research and training activities of our research unit on this issue.


QD85: Burn-out classified as an occupational phenomenon

28 May 2019
WHO headquarter

Meeting in Geneva on 20-27 May 2019 for its 72nd session, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Assembly has taken a landmark decision. Referring to the conclusions of health experts, it has declared burn-out to be an “occupational phenomenon”, opening the door to having it classified in the WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Codenamed “QD85”, burn-out is now to be found in the section on “problems associated with employment or unemployment”.

ILO to draft sexual harassment treaty

22 June 2018

On 8 June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreed to draft an international treaty to protect workers from sexual harassment and violence.

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.

Cytotoxic drugs: still too much exposure for nursing staff

29 May 2018

In France there is still insufficient protection for nursing staff from the risks of exposure to cytotoxic drugs (used in chemotherapy), according to a study by the French National Research and Safety Institute (INRS).

A new survey raises concerns about the health of nursing staff

13 April 2018

More than 40 % of nurses believe that their work often has an impact on their health, reveals a French survey published at the beginning of April by the National Order of Nurses.


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Laurent Vogel Senior Researcher