What do Europeans think about their working conditions?

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) recently published results for a Europe-wide survey conducted on occupational safety and health. The results show that a lot of Europeans have concern that the current economic crisis could adversely affect the safety and health risk for the last five years occurred improvements. Many Europeans think they are well informed about safety and health, and recognize it as an important factor in choosing a new job.

The economic downturn causes the pressure on employees in Europe

According to the survey 6 of 10 Europeans provides that the global economic downturn will make working conditions worse, especially health and safety. Most respondents (75%) believe that the health problems at least partly are caused by the work of the people.

EU-OSHA director Jukka Takala awares the challenges with which today entrepreneurs are facing and recalls the need to invest in employee health: “Because of the financial crisis organizations can ignore workplace safety and health significance or reduce it.

There is a risk that employers will reduce the contribution of work safety and health (OSH). EU-OSHA task is to convince them that this is not the right time to get some small benefit instead of long-term problems.

Salary and job security are key issues

Because of the unemployment people are more concerned about the current job stability, not about working conditions of security and safety of health.

Reflecting on the key factors determining the choice of a new job, European Union citizens consider that the job security and wage levels are more important factors than a safe and healthy working conditions, the survey ranked in third place before the working day.

Qualitative information – better health protection and job safety

Encouraging news is that people in many countries (particularly in the EU-15) believes that they are well informed about the possible risks of a job and 57% of respondents believe that the last five years, the health and safety is improved.

Gender gaps

Survey results also show people the difference in treatment based on gender OSH. Male respondents on accepting jobs considered wages (61%) and job security (55%), compared with a smaller percentage of women surveyed (53% and 51%). In contrast, women (26%) greater weight than men (19%) give a working day duration.

In addition, more male respondents (62%) than women (only 52%) believe that health and safety conditions in recent years have improved, men (71%) also feel better informed about the safety and health issues than women (61 %).

Jukka Takala, said: “In fact, women in workplace safety and her health risks are not adequately assessed and treated to be lax. Some of the new challenges faced, is the inability to combine work and family life, the”double exchange”, which is still in proportion affects more women, and the fact that more attention is paid to accidents rather than occupational health (and thus more attention is paid industries and occupations that are dominated by men). It is important to implement a gender-specific approach to occupational health and safety issue. EU -OSHA will continue to work with this issue in order to provide a better understanding of European business environment.”

EU-OSHA has played a major role in occupational safety and health process in Europe for over ten years and will continue to implement pro-active approach to improving working conditions.

The agency implemented the campaign “Healthy Workplaces” as well as the European Week for Safety and Health at Work from the 19th to 23rd October, which is the world’s largest information campaign on OSH matters involving thousands of organizations and workers across Europe.

Working conditions in America and in Thailand

Nowadays there are still differences between working conditions in America and Thailand. In America the working conditions are more justiced for the people because of regulations concerning health, working hours and wages. In contrast in Thailand there are regulations but nearly nobody keep to them. As it is shown in the statistics the people working over 50 hours there are about 16.517 in Thailand. In America there are about 14085. Moreover, as shown on the pictures you can see that in Thailand more younger people work. Mostly, they work in one big room without any air conditioning, heating, food/drinks or opportunities for washing. These result in problems of health. Comparing to America most people work under more healthier conditions due to the regulations as well as the people work more in the third and fourth sector.



By Inga and Verena