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The Healthy Workplaces Campaigns are EU-OSHA's flagship awareness-raising activity. They are the main way of getting core messages to workplaces across Europe. Meanwhile the thematic campaigns run over a period of two years and most of the main activities take part in October in the course of the so called "European weeks". The healthy workplaces campaigns are the biggest of their kind.

Their aim is to raise awareness and to address safety and health at work topics as well as offering help in operational implementation. Production and dissemination of information support at the execution and planning of events and guidance on press work and press campaigns are offered as means of sensitisation.

The Good Practice Award (GPA) embodies one of the highlights of the respective campaign. The award recognises outstanding and innovative approaches of enterprises to the issues associated with the current campaign topic.

Campaign participation

We encourage all interested organisations and individuals to join us in the campaign, but it aims in particular to work with the following groups of intermediaries to spread the word:

  • social partners (European and national);
  • policy-makers (European and national);
  • large enterprises, sectoral federations and associations of SMEs;
  • European institutions and their networks (Enterprise Europe Network);
  • European non-governmental organisations;
  • OSH professionals and their associations;
  • the OSH research community;
  • labour inspectorates and their associations;

There are many ways to get involved in this campaign for institutions and organisations. For example, you could:

  • disseminate, publicise and make use of campaign materials and the useful tools on topic (e.g. campaign guide and leaflet, PowerPoint presentations, posters, infographics and logos);
  • organise events and activities (e.g. training courses and workshops, conferences and competitions);
  • participate in the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards;
  • take part in the European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work;
  • become an official campaign partner.

If you link your activities to the topic to the healthy workplaces campaign and want to use the logo and campaign material, EU-OSHA provides you with information and products on request.

The upcoming campaign "Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load"

The 2020-22 campaign focuses on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which continue to be one of the most prevalent type of work-related health problems in Europe.

Posture-related risks, exposure to repetitive movements or to tiring or painful positions, carrying or moving heavy loads - all of these very common workplace risk factors can cause MSDs. Given how widespread work-related MSDs are, it is clear that more needs to be done to raise awareness of how they can be prevented.

The campaign takes a comprehensive view of the causes of this persistent problem. It aims to disseminate high-quality information on the subject, encourage an integrated approach to managing the problem, and offer practical tools and solutions that can help at workplace level.

In contrast to previous campaigns, the duration of the upcoming campaign at European level has now been extended and it will not start until October 2020 with a press conference in Brussels; the campaign website is expected to go online as early as Spring/Summer 2020.

The national kick-off event is planned for spring 2021. Events can be held between October (calendar week 43) 2020 and mid-November 2022.

Important dates

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work: 19. - 23. October 2020 (calendar week 43)

Further dates will be added as soon as they are available.


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