European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

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22/06/2018

ILO to draft sexual harassment treaty

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

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21/06/2018

France: specialist building trades most affected by work-related cancers

Specialist building and metalworking trades are those most affected by work-related cancers, according to a study by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) presented on 6 June in Marseille.

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21/06/2018

France: significant reduction in employment rate five years after cancer diagnosis

On 20 June the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) published the results of a study carried out in France in 2015 of 4 179 people between the ages of 23 and 87 who had been diagnosed with cancer five years previously. The study focused, in particular, on the disease’s impact on their working lives.

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21/06/2018

People who work nights and shifts at higher risk of workplace injury

Night workers, shift workers and new recruits are at a higher risk of workplace injury, compared to staff not working these hours, according to a study published in April 2018 by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the national body in Ireland with responsibility for occupational health and safety.

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4/06/2018

Regional forums on health and safety at work 14 years after EU enlargement

The ETUI recently held two regional meetings with trade unions from Balkan countries and Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) on occupational health and safety issues. The meetings took place in Bucharest (February) and Prague (March). The main objective was to facilitate exchanges of experiences and good practices in the areas of workers’ compensation and occupational health services. The meetings also looked at joint trade union strategies to promote healthier working conditions via the media.

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4/06/2018

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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30/05/2018

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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29/05/2018

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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28/05/2018

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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22/05/2018

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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