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Burn-out : face à l’épidémie, la Belgique lance un projet pilote

En Belgique, le stress et le burn-out sont responsables d’un tiers du nombre total de jours d’absence. En outre, l’augmentation des maladies psychiques (dont le burn-out et la dépressions) y explique pour une large part l’augmentation du nombre d’invalidités. C’est sous la pression de ce constat économico-sanitaire préoccupant, qu’en janvier 2019, l’Agence Fédérale pour les Risques professionnels (Fedris) a démarré un projet pilote sur le burn-out.

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Detecting work-related diseases using alert and sentinel systems: a report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work

A report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) analyses the alert and sentinel systems used in various European countries for the early detection of work-related diseases. This report is based on the analysis of twelve national schemes implemented in European countries or the United States, all of which help to spotlight health problems caused by bad working conditions and insufficient prevention measures in companies.

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Publication of the directive introducing new limit values into the European legislation on carcinogens

On 31 January 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union published the text of Directive 2019/130. This directive constitutes the second step of the process of revising the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD).

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An ETUI publication on occupational health translated into Brazilian Portuguese

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In 2018, the Fondation Fundacentro, the Brazilian federal agency responsible for occupational health, decided to publish a Brazilian Portuguese translation of an ETUI book on workplace prevention via posters. The ETUI is happy to thus contribute to the discussion on the importance of trade union action on occupational health.

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Enormous gaps identified in the recognition of occupational cancers in Europe

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A new report by EUROGIP presents an analysis of the extent to which occupational cancers are recognised in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. It also looks at the schemes for identifying occupational cancers, especially via monitoring the health of people exposed to carcinogens in the course of their working careers.

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Trade union networks: a response to occupational health in small firms?

The results of a project on best practices for organising worker representation for health and safety were presented at a seminar organised in Brussels on 29 November. This seminar allowed trade union activists to describe their day-to-day experiences in the countries covered by the project. It also included a fascinating presentation on the results of the research.

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France: a trade union campaign on the prevention of breast cancer

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Several sectoral and regional branches of the CFDT have launched an ambitious campaign to raise awareness and mobilise people around the issue of breast cancer caused by work.

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Women, work and cancer – why is the link not being recognized?

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Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortalities in the EU and is responsible for 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Yet most research and policy on its causes and prevention still assume that it is mainly men who are affected, even though an increasing proportion of the victims are now women. The need to shift research priorities and better address workplace prevention to reflect changing occupational risks was the subject of an ETUI conference in Brussels in early December.

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On 21 and 22 November the second meeting of the UNI Global Amazon Network took place in London

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On 21 and 22 November the second meeting of the Amazon Global Alliance took place in London. It was organised by UNI Commerce in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and focused on the issue of ‘Codetermination and labour standards in transnational companies – aspirations and reality @Amazon’. The meeting brought together 67 people from 17 countries and 3 continents (Europe, North America and Australia), including Amazon workers, trade union leaders from sectors including logistics, jobs and business, and researchers. The participants, who were meeting for the second time, had a joint slogan for Amazon: ‘We’re not robots’.

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