We are proud to be an official campaign partner of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Our joint work aims to ensure safer and healthier workplaces in Europe. As recently as in the early 1990s, there were 4 million workplace accidents in Europe - 8000 of them fatal. EU-OSHA was founded in response to this alarmingly high number.
Occupational health and safety is of central importance for us, too. Both for us as an employer and as a European centre. That is why we have been involved from the beginning.
"Healthy Workplaces for All Ages" was EU-OSHA's first campaign from 2016 - 2017, which we supported as a campaign partner right from the beginning. The campaign focused on promoting sustainable work - that is, working conditions that are safe and healthy from the start of working life to prevent health problems and enable people to work longer. This is becoming increasingly important as the working and retirement age in Europe is rising.
The aim of the campaign “Healthy Workplaces Manage Hazardous Substances” in 2018-2019 was to raise awareness for hazardous substances in the workplace, associated risks, and ways to prevent harm for workers. It promoted the so-called hierarchy of prevention and placed special focus on vulnerable groups of workers. In addition, as part of EU-OSHA's ongoing commitment to the roadmap on carcinogens, the campaign also specifically addressed the management of exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. It also raised awareness of relevant EU legislation, and companies were provided with practical guidance on how to ensure compliance.
From 2020 - 2022, the campaign was entitled "Healthy Workplaces Make Work Easier". The campaign raised awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as well as the need to manage them and to promote a culture of risk prevention. The campaign was divided into eight priority areas, each covering a specific topic related to MSDs: Prevention, Facts and Figures, Chronic Conditions, Sedentary Work, Workforce Diversity, Future Generations, Psychosocial Risks and Telework.