Healthy ageing of workers

Wednesday, 30.09.2015 | 09:00 - 11:00

Organised by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission

Health, safety and well-being throughout the working life cycle

The new EU Strategic Framework for Safety and Health at Work 2014 –2020 has identified demographic change as a main challenge. While the total working age population will decrease in the future, the proportion of older workers will increase making up almost 1/4 of the workforce by 2030. However, this potential will be lost if workers continue to leave the labour market before reaching the official retirement age, often because of work-related health problems.

The Strategic Framework proposes actions to address this issue including raising awareness, sharing good practice and promoting rehabilitation measures. It also encourages synergies with other policy areas. In this respect, the pilot project on occupational safety and health (OSH) of older workers is examining policies, programmes and practices at the EU, national, intermediary and company level to identify success factors and obstacles. The ageing population is a cross-cutting issue involving many different actors.

This workshop will bring together different stakeholders including OSH authorities, social partners, civil society, representatives of policy areas such as public health, rehabilitation, research, employment and life long learning, to explore ways to make collaboration of all partners involved more efficient.

Speakers

Zinta Podniece, Policy Analyst, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission

Katalin Sas, Project Manager, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Heinrich Geissler, Managing Director, Beratung & Forschung - Geissler (BFG) (Consulting & Research - Geissler), Austria

Isaiah Durosaiye, Research Assistant, University of Central Lancashire, Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, UK

Terje Peetso, Policy Officer, Health and Well-being Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Christa Schweng, Senior Advisor, Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ)

Gerhard Steffes, Programme Management and Diseases Unit, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

Moderation

Zinta Podniece, Policy Analyst, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission

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