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The state of occupational health and safety in Europe and trends in 2023

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On the occasion of the 2023 summit on health and safety at work (OSH) organised in mid-May by the Swedish Presidency and the European Commission, EU-OSHA presented its flagship report “Safety and health at work in Europe: status and trends in 2023”.

Drawn up on the basis of the main standard reports (LFS, Eurostat, Esener, EWCS, etc.), this 164-page report is rich in data and infographics on OSH in Europe over the last 10 to 25 years, depending on the availability of reliable data and methodological problems.

Thus, despite the development of an overall framework for occupational risk management in the EU Member States since the mid-1980s, some areas still require improvement, according to EU-OSHA. Indeed, “the fall in the rate of accidents at work is offset by an increase in psychosocial and emotional stress factors affecting workers’ well-being, while physical risks and ergonomic workload remain at a high and stable level”. The report also reveals that while fatal accidents have fallen by 57%, “the improvement took place before 2010 and the figures have stagnated in recent years”.

The use of new technologies at work, the reorientation of sectors and the evolution of the workforce, as well as globalisation, require broader and more comprehensive OHS measures. Finally, the report contains a series of recommendations for political decision-makers.

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