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Workers’ health and safety on the agenda of an ETUI/ETUC conference on ‘The world(s) of work in transition’

Health and safety in the workplace is one of the many topics that will be discussed at the three-day conference organised by the ETUI and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Brussels from 27 to 29 June.

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REACH after 10 years: state of play after registration deadline

The European Regulation on chemicals (REACH) is based on the ‘no data, no market’ principle. Manufacturers and importers of chemical substances had a period of 10 years to register their products with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). That period ended on 31 May. Tony Musu, an ETUI expert on chemical risks, takes stock of the situation.

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Cytotoxic drugs: still too much exposure for nursing staff

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).

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Defining the spirit of a European directive on psychosocial risks

On 26 and 27 April 2018 the European Trade Union Network on Psychosocial Risks met for the fifth time, in Tuusula, Finland. There were 27 participants, representing trade union organisations from 16 countries and European trade union federations. The previous annual seminars had in turn examined the implementation of the framework agreements (Bilbao, 2013), tools for evaluating psychosocial risks (Brussels, 2014), multidisciplinary dialogue with other professionals in the field of psychosocial risks (Malta, 2015) and the collective action that could be taken in this area (Brussels, 2017), and this fifth seminar provided the opportunity to hold a preliminary discussion on a possible European directive on psychosocial risks (PSR).

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Germany: company works councils focus increasingly on employee psychological welfare

Psychological risks and work-related health and safety are more and more often tackled by German companies via negotiated company agreements, according to a survey carried out by the Hans-Böckler Foundation.

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One in every five European workers endures work-related stress

Some 18 % of European workers say that they endure stress at work every day, according to the opinion survey ‘The Workforce View in Europe 2018’, published in March by the private human resources company ADP (Automatic Data Processing). This figure is 5 % higher than the 2017 result.

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EU launches new awareness campaign on dangerous substances at work

In order to draw attention to health and safety issues in the workplace, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched in late April a new campaign titled “Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances”. This two-year long initiative is aimed at promoting various techniques for the management of hazardous substances in the workplace.

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Belgium: the trade unions give an alarming report on health and safety at work

On 28 April, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Belgian trade union confederation CSC gave an alarming report on the policy for preventing occupational risks in Belgium. The number of staff in the labour inspection services responsible for ensuring respect for the legislation on health and safety at work is constantly falling. The number of serious accidents at work is increasing and the risk of penalties for negligent employers is very low.

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28 April 2018 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ‘Union workplaces are safer workplaces’

This year on 28 April - the World Day for Safety and Health at Work – the union-selected global theme is ‘Union workplaces are safer workplaces’.

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United States: New findings show asbestos-related deaths estimated at more than double previously reported

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, announced on 16 April new findings via research from Jukka Takala, President of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH).

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