One of EU-OSHA’s biggest achievements of the year was the development and approval of its multi-annual strategic programme for 2014 to 2020. The work programme, based on six priority areas, will focus the agency’s activities to help it make the best possible use of its resources. Demographic change in Europe, particularly the ageing population and a higher proportion of women in work, has been a key influence on the priority areas. The work programme will make a significant contribution to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive European economy.In its 2013 annual report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) demonstrates that it has continued to successfully promote the economic benefits of investing in workplace safety and health by stressing the importance of working together.
EU-OSHA’s director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, argues that partnership and collaboration were central to the agency’s successful year. “The past year has seen some significant achievements for the agency, including the conclusion of our most successful Healthy Workplaces Campaign to date,”says Dr Sedlatschek. “The key to the success of this campaign was to be found in its slogan, highlighting the importance of working together. This theme has resonated throughout our work for the year as we networked in partnership with other organisations to reach out to the widest possible audience and encourage member states to work together to build capacity in occupational safety and health for newer members.”