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Damini Purkayastha, Christophe Vanroelen, Tuba Bircan, ...

Work, health and Covid-19

With work a key vector of Covid‑19 transmission, this report examines why it is critical that occupational health and safety measures take centre stage in mitigation policies. Workers in sectors declared essential by state authorities have been mandated to continue working in physical settings during the pandemic. Several such sectors involve many... Find out more

Exposure to psychosocial risk factors in the gig economy

The ‘gig economy’ refers to a market system in which companies or individual requesters hire workers to perform short assignments. These transactions are mediated through online labour platforms, either outsourcing work to a geographically dispersed crowd or allocating work to individuals in a specific area. Over the last decade, the diversity of... Find out more

Laurent Vogel, Mehmet Koksal, Jairo Ernesto Luna-García, ...

Occupational health in the courts

With 180 000 work-related deaths every year in the European Union and more than 2.5 million worldwide, occupational health is a crucial issue for workers and trade unions. Knowing that, somewhere in the world, a worker dies every 11 seconds because of a lack of proper prevention, you might wonder whether there is any point in campaigning for more... Find out more

Christelle Casse, Marianne De Troyer

Gender, working conditions and health

In Europe, despite equal treatment laws that mainly concern wages and non-discrimination between individuals, the gendered division of labour is still present: men and women do not work in the same professions and, when they work in similar occupations, their work activity, work experience, opportunities for professional promotion and remuneration... Find out more

Our failure to prevent known risks

Hazards from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, should be addressed in line with the EU Biological Agents Directive and by means of a strengthened centralised capacity of the European Union for the monitoring of and response to health emergencies. Mitigating and preventing the impact of the illness, Covid-19, should be done by classifying... Find out more

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May 12, 2021

Waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines

On 5 May 2021, US President Joe Biden surprised the world by advocating a waiver of intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines. “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary... Find out more

May 10, 2021

Increase in platform work in the Nordics poses a risk to occupational health and safety

Platform work can be accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, worsening pay and working conditions of the workers, cautions a study into the development of platform work in the Nordic countries (Denmark... Find out more

April 12, 2021

Launch of the multilingual thesaurus on occupational health and safety

On 23 March 2021, the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health (EU-OSHA) launched its multilingual thesaurus on Occupational Health and Safety (OSH). This tool consists of... Find out more

March 31, 2021

Covid-19 reveals the state of health and safety at work

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a stress test for occupational safety and health (OSH) in the EU, unfortunately revealing several structural deficiencies in the way the EU OSH regulatory system is... Find out more

March 26, 2021

Covid-19 as occupational disease: the need for European homogenisation

Download our report on Covid-19 as occupational disease The Covid-19 pandemic is having strong impacts on workers exposed to the virus in their work environment. According to Eurostat (the European... Find out more