Safe and Healthy Work in the Digital Age 2023-2025

General Information


The Healthy Workplaces Campaigns is EU-OSHA’s flagship awareness-raising activity.

The Healthy Workplaces Campaigns’ message is — Safety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you. It’s good for business.

Each campaign also features the Good Practice Awards and the Healthy Workplaces Film Award.

The campaigns are now the largest of their kind in the world and have been running since 2000, formerly under the title ‘European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work’.


What is it About?

The 2023-25 Healthy Workplaces campaign raises awareness about the impact of new digital technologies on work and workplaces and the associated occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges and opportunities. It also provides a platform for the exchange of good practice solutions.

In line with the ‘vision zero’ approach to work-related deaths of the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027, as well as the objectives of the European Digital Strategy the campaign seeks to place OSH within the wider EU policy debate and also considers the gender dimension and the needs of specific groups of workers at increased risk.

Five Priority Areas Structure the Campaign:
  • Digital platform work,
  • Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence,
  • Remote work,
  • Smart digital systems and,
  • Worker management through artificial intelligence.


Opportunities and Risks

The increasing digitalisation of the economy and the use of digital technologies in the workplace bring opportunities for workers and employers, including new opportunities for improving OSH, such as  a better work-life balance, flexibility and autonomy experienced by workers who can work from home. You can read more about the topic here.

There are also challenges and risks for OSH stemming from the deployment of digital technologies into the workplace, such as the mobility, flexibility, availability and blurring boundaries between work and private life. You can read more about the topic here.

Priority Areas
  • Digital platform work,
  • Automation of tasks,
  • Remote work,
  • Al and worker management and,
  • Smart digital systems.


Why SIP Joined the Campaign

SIP actively engages in this campaign, as it aligns with our long-term objectives, which include the initiation of policies addressing the impact of pain on employment and advocating for the inclusion of pain in relevant existing initiatives. We advocate for reasonable and flexible workplace adjustments by employers, which can facilitate individuals with chronic pain in retaining their jobs or reintegrating into the workforce.

By participating in this campaign and disseminating best practices, we further support our objective of prioritising pain education for healthcare professionals, patients, policymakers, and the general public. SIP emphasises the importance of sharing best practices, identifying gaps, and making recommendations to enhance the education of healthcare professionals and raise awareness among patients, policymakers, and the public regarding pain across Europe.

Further, our recently launched SIP Position Papers on Pain and Digital Health, Pain and Employment, ICD-11 and Pain and Mental Health, support the campaigns messages and objectives by advocating for a range of different factors related to employment.

We also recognise the campaign’s significance for SIP National Platforms, offering the opportunity for national launches in local languages and adaptation to local pain and employment priorities.


How to Get Involved in the Campaign

SIP National Platforms and SIP Stakeholder Forum Partners should contact:

Ángela Cano Palomares, Advocacy and Projects Officer, Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Europe, at European Pain Federation EFIC –



Further Information and Resources
  • You can read the latest updates on the campaign here.
  • You can read the latest publications of the campaign here.
  • You can find all the campaign materials here.
  • You can find the campaign toolkit here.
  • You can find the media toolkit here.

You can find the glossary of the campaign here.

Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load Campaign 2020-2022



The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22 aims to raise awareness that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect all sectors and jobs. It also aims to show that MSDs are preventable and manageable. It aims to do this through the following strategic objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the importance and relevance of preventing MSDs by providing facts and figures on exposure to, and the impact of MSDs.

  • Promote risk assessment and proactive management of work-related MSDs by providing access to MSD resources, such as tools, guidance, and audio-visual material.

  • Demonstrate that MSDs are an issue for everyone in many types of workplace across various sectors, and can be successfully tackled, including by providing good practice examples.

  • Improve knowledge on new and emerging risks and other developments in relation to MSDs.

  • Increase awareness of the importance of reintegrating and retaining workers with chronic MSDs, and how this can be done in practice.

  • Mobilise and stimulate effective collaboration among different stakeholders by bringing them together and facilitating exchange of information, knowledge, and good practices.

Why SIP Joined the Campaign

SIP joined this campaign as one of our four long-term objectives is to initiate policies addressing the impact of pain on employment and include pain in relevant existing initiatives. SIP asks for reasonable, flexible workplace adjustments by employers which can help individuals with chronic pain to stay in work or reintegrate into the workforce.

Engaging with this campaign, as well as disseminating other relevant best practices, (such as the CHRODIS+), supports another of our four long-term objectives to prioritise pain education for healthcare professionals, patients, policymakers, and the general public. SIP calls for the sharing of best practice, identifying gaps, and proposing recommendations to foster education of healthcare professionals as well as awareness-raising and education of patients, policymakers, and the general public on pain, across Europe.

SIP also recognises the relevance of this campaign for SIP National Platforms, as for example, this campaign can be launched nationally, in local languages, and be adapted to local priorities in pain and employment issues.

EU-OSHA will also organised key activities and events throughout the campaign, such as the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards.

The campaign will conclude with the Healthy Workplaces Summit, which allows those who have contributed to the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the campaign. It also presents an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned. SIP actively participated in the Summit, with SIP Chair Patrice Forget speaking at a parallel session on MSDs.

Further Information and Resources