In this special report, the European Trade Union Institute looks to identify the main factors that are undermining occupational health services in Europe: shortage of specialists, overwork that undermines the quality of services, loss of direct contact with actual working conditions, feeling of being forsaken, commercialism of health and safety at work services, etc.

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Editorial - A surrogate strategy

The old Workers’ Hall in central Copenhagen has been turned into a museum. It traces the history of the Danish labour movement through the... Find out more

Patricia Vendramin, Gérard Valenduc

Women and men: growing old working in an unequal world

European policies have steadily whittled down the idea of active aging to an aim of working longer. But exhortations to delay retirement... Find out more

Wim van Veelen

Occupational health in the face of the commercialisation of preventive services

While the 1989 Framework Directive on safety and health at work provides that all EU workers should have access to workplace protective and... Find out more

Occupational health services in the EU: mapping the provision

Representatives of trade unions and associations of occupational physician from various EU countries met at gatherings organized by the... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Occupational health doctors in France: an endangered species

Wearied by never-ending reforms, swamped by a soaring workload and ever-expanding duties, undermined by lack of recognition of their... Find out more

Pien Heuts

"The independence of workplace health services is on the line"

“We need to look after our workers more”, opines work and health expert Frank Van Dijk. The commercialism of health and safety at work... Find out more

Angelo Ferracuti

"Isolation is killing people". One day in the life of an occupational doctor

The scion of a family of doctors, and with an industrial hygienist for a father, Roberto Calisti’s choice of occupational medicine was... Find out more

Břetislav Olšer

Support for occupational medicine in the Czech Republic is six times lower than in Germany

The Czech Republic has the longest-established tradition of occupational health in Eastern Europe. The beginnings of health care for workers... Find out more

Rob Edwards

Occupational nursing in the UK: preventing illness, promoting health and reducing absence

The first occupational health nurse was recruited in 1878 to work at the Coleman’s mustard factory in Norwich. Part of her job was to visit... Find out more

Nolwenn Weiler

Nantes/Saint-Nazaire dockers battle for health

Up to 200 of them spend their days unloading the thousands of tonnes of cargo shipped into the French port of Nantes/Saint-Nazaire. It’s a... Find out more

Silvana Cappuccio

Rana Plaza: international community must keep up the pressure

More than a year on from the Rana Plaza tragedy – the textile industry’s worstever disaster – most of the top Western clothing brands have... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Han Dongfang: from Tiananmen hero to modest workers’ champion

Don’t, whatever you do, call him a dissident. Hero of Tiananmen Square he may be, but he won’t be labelled that way – too intellectual, too... Find out more

A spotlight on the dark holds of the world economy

The sea holds an endless fascination. It has brought humans from different lands into contact for millennia. It is also a dangerous place... Find out more

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Occupational health services in need of emergency care