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EVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-2012101aimed at examining ong>theong> efficacy ong>ofong> a current initiative or investigating a specificincident raong>theong>r than adopting a forward looking role. In safety terms for example,ong>theong> research would better be classified as accident investigation, carrying outresearch to better understand any underlying causes ong>ofong> accidents which havehappened – but in doing so hopefully helping to prevent such accidents in ong>theong>future. For example, one ong>ofong> ong>theong> three ong>theong>mes ong>ofong> ong>theong> United Kingdom Health andSafety Executive's (HSE) priorities is: ‘Supporting front line regulatory functions(e.g. incident investigation)’.However, although ong>theong> detail provided in this report is not comprehensive it is clearthat some Member States do additionally include more forward-looking initiatives.Thus, in Germany, ‘surveys and studies which can be used to forecast futureproblems and trends in OSH are also taken into consideration’ whilst a furong>theong>rUnited Kingdom HSE ong>theong>me is: ‘looking ahead to identify and meet futurechallenges’.National focus onnew and emergingrisksOur desk reviews ong>ofong> ong>theong> national strategies examined wheong>theong>r ong>theong> nationalstrategies contained priorities for methods for identifying and evaluating new andemerging risks and, in a considerable majority ong>ofong> Member States, ong>theong> conclusionwas that ong>theong>y did. It is not always easy to determine which research activities areattributable to ong>theong> ong>strategyong> and which would have taken place in any case.Research activities ong>ofong>ten tend to reflect ong>theong> funding available for activities, and ong>theong>extent to which ong>theong>se activities reflect ong>theong> aims ong>ofong> ong>theong> ong>strategyong> depend ong>theong>reforeupon ong>theong> degree to which funding is available for work in ong>theong>se areas. Forexample, ong>theong> FP7 programme included provisions for funding for research intonanotechnologies, resulting in a considerable amount ong>ofong> activity in this area. Tocite just one example, ong>theong> ENPRA project (Risk assessment ong>ofong> engineerednanoparticles) brings togeong>theong>r ong>theong> knowledge and capabilities ong>ofong> 15 European(including organisations in ong>theong> UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italyand ong>theong> Neong>theong>rlands) and six US partners.Enhance risk anticipationAs specified above, ong>theong> European ong>strategyong> presented challenges at both an EU andMember State level to identify and confront new or developing risks, includingthose attributable to ong>theong> changing economic and social environment. Theseincluded challenges to national health and safety research institutes and to EUagencies (specifically ong>theong> ERO) in identifying and exploring ong>theong>se risks and toMember States in integrating ong>theong> results ong>ofong> this research into preventative measures(see below).As directly mandated by ong>theong> ong>strategyong>, ong>theong> ERO has maintained ong>theong> focus on ong>theong>issue ong>ofong> new and emerging risks commenced during ong>theong> period covered by ong>theong>previous ong>strategyong>. The ong>strategyong> invited ong>theong> ERO to examine ong>theong> specific OSHchallenges posed by ong>theong> more extensive integration ong>ofong> women, immigrant workersand younger and older workers into ong>theong> labour market. Expert forecasts,http://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>-report_Final_submitted 14 March2013.docx

102 EVALUATION OF THE EUREVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-2012102complemented by fact sheets, have been prepared to cover four key areas:biological 107 , chemical 108 , physical 109 and psychosocial 110 . These have beensupplemented by reports focussing on two new technologies: nanomaterials 111 andgreen technologies 112 and on three oong>theong>r areas ong>ofong> specific concern: womenworkers 113 , migrant workers 114 and those working in ong>theong> emergency services 115 .It is clear that ong>theong> ERO has ong>theong>refore played a major role in fulfilling this aspect ong>ofong>ong>theong> ong>strategyong>. An ong>evaluationong> report on ong>theong> activities ong>ofong> EU-OSHA stated: “The workong>ofong> ong>theong> risk observatory was regarded as valid and credible, relevant and useful, byboth policy-makers and researchers” although it is noted that “The research reportsproduced by ong>theong> risk observatory were viewed by policy-makers andrepresentatives ong>ofong> both employers and workers, as more relevant to ong>theong> needs ong>ofong>experts than ong>theong>mselves”. 116 This view perhaps reflects ong>theong> more forward lookingnature ong>ofong> ong>theong> role ong>ofong> ong>theong> risk observatory than one addressing more immediateconcerns.107 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO Expert forecast onemerging biological risks related to occupational safety and health. 2007,.Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/7606488/view?searchterm=None108 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Expert forecast onemerging chemical risks related to occupational safety and health. 2009. Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TE3008390ENC_chemical_risks/view?searchterm=None109 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Expert forecast onemerging physical risks related to occupational safety and health. 2005. Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/6805478/view?searchterm=None110 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Expert forecast onemerging psychosocial risks related to occupational safety and health. 2007. Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/7807118/view?searchterm=None111 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Workplace exposureto nanoparticles. 2009.Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/literature_reviews/workplace_exposure_to_nanoparticles/view?searchterm=None112 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Foresight ong>ofong> newand emerging risks to occupational safety and health associated with new technologies ingreen jobs by 2020. 2011.Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/foresight-green-jobs-keytechnologies/view?searchterm=None113 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Risks and trends inong>theong> safety and health ong>ofong> women at work. 2011.Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/new-risks-trends-oshwomen/view?searchterm=None114 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, Literature study onmigrant workers, 2007. Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/literature_reviews/migrant_workers/view?searchterm=None115 EU-OSHA-European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, ERO, EmergencyServices: A literature review on occupational safety and health risks, 2011.Available at:http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/literature_reviews/emergency_services_occupational_safety_and_health_risks/view?searchterm=None116 Mid-term ong>evaluationong> ong>ofong> ong>theong> European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s 2009-13ong>strategyong>. IES, 2011.http://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>report_Final_submitted14 March 2013.docx

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