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In a report published at end-October, EU-OSHA presented an initial analysis of the main findings of the third European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), conducted in 2019. More than 45,000 firms in 33 countries were questioned about their occupational safety and health management (OSH).
The most frequently identified risk factors in the EU-28 are repetitive hand and arm movements (65%, versus 52% in 2014), relations with troublesome customers, students and patients (61%, versus 58%), and carrying or moving heavy persons or loads (54%, versus 47%). Time constraints are the main risk factor in Finland, Sweden (74%) and Denmark (73%), and the No. 2 factor in the Netherlands (64%).
EU-OSHA emphasizes that 5% of firms in the EU-28 state that they have none of the general risk factors covered, and around 25% state that they face no psychosocial risks.
The 2019 survey includes additional questions on the impact of digitization and prolonged sitting positions. By comparison with the previous survey, it is encouraging to note that the proportion of firms performing risk assessments has increased in some countries.