Work and health

Wednesday, 28.09.2016 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Room

Organised by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA)

We spend much of our adult lives at work. The work environment – both physical and psychosocial – has an impact – positive or negative – on our health. It can contribute to the development of adverse health outcomes through exposure to workplace hazards, a fact which is not sufficiently acknowledged.

Work can also have an influence on people’s health behavior and their ability to care for their own health. Work can also increase or reduce health disparities. It is essential therefore to address the impact of work on health in the overall effort to promote health and reduce healthcare costs. The integration of occupational health with mainstream public health is particularly important in the context of the demographic change when we need to address a wide range of consequences of the population ageing and the ageing of the workforce for health care and for the workplaces equally.

This workshop will look at the impact of work on health and how workplaces can provide an arena for improving general population health.

Impact of work on health – (the example of cancer)

Tim Tregenza, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Health inequality across industry sectors

Katalin Sas, Project Manager, Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Total worker health approach

Juliann Scholl, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA

Introduction & conclusions

Zinta Podniece, Policy Analyst, DG EMPL, European Commission


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