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The Agency prepares, collects, analyses and disseminates information on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues with the aim of improving OSH in workplaces across the EU.

Our websites are fully searchable and provide comprehensive coverage of OSH issues. We suggest that you try looking for the information on our corporate website and on OSHwiki.  

However, if you cannot find the concrete information you are looking for, please check to see if your query is among our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below and if not get in touch using our contact form.

We’ll do our best, within our limited resources, to reply to you within two weeks. You can write to us in any of the official European Union languages, but please bear in mind that there may be some delay while we translate your message and our reply. Messages in English are likely to be answered more quickly because all our staff speak English. We aim to answer questions as quickly as possible.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

12 Santiago de Compostela
(Edificio Miribilla), 5th Floor
E-48003 Bilbao, SPAIN
Tel: + 34 944-358-400

Email: information@osha.europa.eu

 

Where can I get advice on a safety and health problem related to my working conditions?

EU-OSHA is an information body and you can find useful information and tips on our website related to different work-related health problems, such as stress, harassment, skin diseases, etc.

Unfortunately, EU-OSHA is not permitted to give advice on specific safety and health situations, intervene in any law case or interfere with local or national authorities; we advise you to start by contacting your national focal point.

They will put you in touch with the national body/authority that can help with your case.

How can I apply for compensation for an accident at work or a work-related illness?

Compensation systems are different in each Member State and depend on your employment sector, work activity and occupational status. Information specific to Member States can be found through the national focal points, and general information for European Union nationals living and working abroad can be found through the European Commission.

Is EU-OSHA responsible for EU OSH policy initiatives and their implementation?

EU-OSHA is the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health. Our work contributes to the European Commission’s Strategic Framework for Safety and Health at Work 2014-2020 and other relevant EU strategies and programmes, such as Europe 2020. However, EU-OSHA is not involved in developing European legislation or policy, as that is the role of the European Commission, nor does EU-OSHA have any responsibility for inspecting workplaces or enforcing European or national legislation.

Where can I find EU-level statistics about work-related accidents and illnesses and related costs?

Information on statistics, survey results and other useful links can be found in the Surveys and statistics section of this website. EU-OSHA’s ESENER surveys look at how European workplaces manage safety and health risks in practice.

The European Commission has its own statistical information service, Eurostat; links that you might find interesting include:

Where can I find national-level statistics, standards and legislation? And will the information be available in different EU languages?

Some information on national legislation on safety and health at work can be consulted on our site. In addition, your national focal point will also be able to advise you on where to find further resources. Much of the information appearing on a focal point’s website is available in the respective country language. In addition, most Member States provide some information in English.

Where can I find information about European Union safety and health legislation?

Information on EU directives, guidelines and standards on safety and health at work, grouped by topic, can be found in the Safety and health legislation section of this website. The full text of EU directives in all EU languages, and further information, can be found at the European Commission’s Eur-Lex website.

It’s worth bearing in mind that European directives set out minimum requirements, and Member States can adopt stricter rules when implementing OSH directives in national law, so there may be varying requirements in the Member States.

How can I obtain copies of European Standards documents?

National members of the European standards organisations sell European Standards as national standards and draft standards. More information is available from the European Committee for Standardization.

How can I obtain copies of reports produced by EU-OSHA?

All our publications are available in the Publications section of this website. They can be read online and downloaded free of charge. Printed copies can be ordered via the EU Bookshop.

Can I reproduce material created by EU-OSHA?

Yes, as long as you acknowledge EU-OSHA as follows:

© European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), [date]. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

Please note that you should not make any changes of substance to text or illustrations without the express permission of EU-OSHA.

Where can I find resources for training purposes?

Although EU-OSHA doesn’t provide resources specifically for training, information on relevant topics can be found in our Themes section, and some of our publications include case studies on training. Furthermore, short PowerPoint presentations that could be adapted for training purposes can be found on https://es.slideshare.net/euosha/presentations

A great set of training resources are the series of short, language-free animated films featuring the character Napo; these are available to download from the Napo website, and they provide light-hearted, discussion-provoking introductions to occupational safety and health topics. The “Napo for teachers” online training module on safety and health essentials for primary schools is also available for free. 

In addition, information on teaching in schools and further education can be found in the Mainstreaming occupational health and safety into education section of this website.

Other good sources of information include national focal points, the European Training Foundation, Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) and ENETOSH (the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health).

Can EU-OSHA endorse or advertise a commercial product or service?

Unfortunately, EU-OSHA cannot endorse or advertise any commercial products or services.

Would EU-OSHA be interested in funding my project?

In principle, we do not provide financial support for external projects.

The document ‘EU funding opportunities for EU-OSHA stakeholders’ aims to provide information on funding in the EU with regard to occupational safety and health. In addition, a general overview of the grants and loans provided by the European Union is available from the Secretariat General of the European Commission and a general overview of public contracts and funding is available from the European Commission.

If your project relates to safety and health at a national level, we recommend that you approach your national focal point.