Webinar 25 March, 09:30 -12:30 CET

Telework in a global pandemic

Overview of risks and prevention policies in Europe

As a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, millions of workers across Europe and beyond have been required to stay home and work from there, and there are expectation that this practice will stay in place still for a while as a mean to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and even beyond the current crisis. This brings about important implications for work organisation, job quality, work-life balance and OSH for a large proportion of the EU workforce.

The main goal of this webinar is therefore to present and discuss some key findings of research in the area of telework undertaken by EU-OSHA with the support of external experts and by the EC Joint Research Centre and Eurofound. The aim of the research undertaken by EU-OSHA is to investigate the issues associated with telework and its relation to psychosocial risks and ergonomic risks, and identifying the relevant prevention policies all over Europe.

Agenda

25 March 2021 | 09:30 - 12:30

Moderator
+ Maurizio Curtarelli, EU-OSHA
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Mario Battaglini

Maurizio Curtarelli

Prevention and Research Unit, EU-OSHA

Maurizio is a Project Manager in the Prevention and Research Unit at EU-OSHA, where he is currently managing a multiannual research programme on work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, and is involved in a number of other research activities in the area of Digitalisation and OSH. Maurizio has been working in the socio-economic research domain focussing on topics related to labour market, working conditions and quality of work, international development and evaluation of public policies. Prior to joining EU-OSHA he has been working for international organisations such as the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Commission.

  • 9:30-9:40

    Welcome and Introduction

  • 9:40-10:05

    Work organisation and telework: new realities old questions

    + Marta Fana, + Enrique Fernandez Macias, Joint Research Centre

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    Enrique Fernández-Macías

    Marta Fana

    Joint Research Centre

    Marta Fana is currently researcher in the Employment and Skills team of the Joint Research Centre, mainly working on the dynamics of occupational structures, work organisation, automation and structural change. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Science Po Paris. Previously, she has been lecturer in microeconomics, political economy and labour market. She has published academic papers on changes in the labour market and their determinants, the dynamic of socio-economic inequality among social groups as well as two books on labour market and the political economy of the wage issue in Italy since WWII.

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    Enrique Fernandez Macias

    Enrique Fernandez Macias

    Joint Research Centre

    Enrique Fernández-Macías is currently coordinating the Employment and Skills team of the Joint Research Centre, developing a research programme on the socio-economic implications of automation, digitisation and platformisation of work. He has a PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of Salamanca, where he worked several years as a researcher and lecturer. Previously, he also worked as a researcher in Eurofound (Dublin), participating and coordinating large European research projects, such as the European Working Conditions Survey or the European Jobs Monitor. He has published many policy-oriented and academic papers on job quality, occupational structures, technical change and socio-economic inequalities.

  • 10:05-10:30

    Telework: OSH risks and prevention policies. Preliminary results from desk research and fieldwork

    + Maria Caprile, + Pablo Sanz, NOTUS

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    Maria Caprile

    Maria Caprile

    NOTUS

    Maria Caprile has a postgraduate degree in political and social sciences and works as a researcher at Notus. She has more than 20 years of experience on European and national research projects on gender, employment policies, quality of employment and decent work, the impact of digitalisation and intersectional inequalities.

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    Pablo Sanz

    Pablo Sanz

    NOTUS

    Pablo Sanz has a PhD in Sociology and works as researcher at Notus and as adjunct lecturer in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has 11 years of experience working on European research projects focused on European governance of employment, industrial relations, employment and working conditions, employment policies and vocational training.

  • 10:30-10:55

    Home-based work and risk prevention: evidence from ESENER 3

    + Stefania Capecchi, University of Naples “Federico II”

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    Stefania Capecchi

    Stefania Capecchi

    University of Naples “Federico II”

    Ph.D in Social Research, Stefania Capecchi currently works as an Associate Professor of Social Statistics at the Dept. of Political Sciences, University of Naples Federico II (Italy). Her research interests and papers span both survey methodology and ordinal data modelling. Her main topics refer to well-being measurement, policy assessment, education and job satisfaction evaluation.

  • 10:55-11:05

    Break

  • 11:05-11:30

    Recognising and mitigating OSH risks for teleworkers in the EU

    + Andrea Broughton, + Mario Battaglini, Ecorys

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    Andrea Broughton

    Andrea Broughton

    Ecorys

    Andrea is a Director at Ecorys, where she has worked since 2018. She has considerable experience of researching health issues around the EU. She has carried out a range of evaluations and studies for EU-OSHA on issues such as stress, the Agency’s healthy workplace campaigns, and its online interactive risk assessment tool OiRA. She has also carried out research for the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on stress and companies’ implementation of the HSE’s stress management standards, and on involving the workforce in health and safety management. She is currently researching the issue of OSH and teleworking for EU-OSHA.

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    Mario Battaglini

    Mario Battaglini

    Ecorys

    Mario is a Research Manager at Ecorys, where he has worked since January 2020. Mario has experience of health research in the EU. He is particularly interested in the link between health risks and the workplace, as well as health, unemployment, atypical employment, and in-work poverty. He is currently completing his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on structural and behavioural barriers to health. Prior to this, he published research on health disadvantage among Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales. Mario is currently supporting EU-OSHA research on OSH and teleworking and on the management of health and safety in European workplaces in the human health and social work activities sector.

  • 11:30-11:55

    Do we work better at home or at 1.5 meter?

    + Lode Godderis, + Liesbeth Daenen, IDEWE

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    Andrea Broughton

    Lode Godderis

    IDEWE

    Lode Godderis is CEO at IDEWE, the biggest Belgian External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work. He is also professor occupational medicine at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven. He investigates the impact of work on health by unravelling the underlying mechanism and also the reverse how health can affect work (dis)ability. Internationally, he has a leading role in several international projects such as, SC1-BHC-28-2019 Exposome Project for Health and Occupational Research (EPHOR) and HBM4EU Science and Policy for a Healthy Future (https://www.hbm4eu.eu/). He is the current chair of Modernet; an international network for development of techniques for discovering trends in work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks. He is also management committee member of EU COST action Omega-Net.

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    Mario Battaglini

    Liesbeth Daenen

    IDEWE

    Dr. Liesbeth Daenen is employed as a senior researcher at the ‘Knowledge, Information and Research’ department of IDEWE. She is affiliated to the International Pain in Motion research group, the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven and the department of Physiotherapy, Human Physiology and Anatomy of the University of Brussel. She completed her PhD on the cortical model of pain and movement in patients with chronic pain at the University of Brussel and the University of Antwerp in 2013. The research interests of dr. Daenen are pain & musculoskeletal disorders, pain beliefs & education and stress at work. She has experience as a researcher and project manager in several projects unravelling the underlying mechanisms of pain and stress and their impact on work, and vice versa. She supervised several PhDs within these research topics. She followed a masterclass in ‘Business Design Thinking’ at the Antwerp Management School, which is the ‘state-of-the-art’ methodology to develop services and tools that respond to the real needs of users/employees/patients.

  • 11:55-12:20

    Remote work and the right to disconnect

    + Oscar Vargas Llave, Eurofound

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    Oscar Vargas Llave

    Oscar Vargas Llave

    Eurofound

    Oscar Vargas Llave is a Research Manager in the Working Life unit at Eurofound, EU Agency based in Dublin. Originally from Vitoria (Basque Country, Spain), Oscar manages projects on working conditions and related policies. He specialises in topics related to the organisation of working time, health and well-being, and ageing issues. He is also interested in social and occupational inequalities. Currently he is applying his background to manage research related to digitalisation and working conditions. In this area he leads Eurofound projects on Telework and the Right to Disconnect. Before joining Eurofound in December 2009, he worked as project coordinator in the field of health and safety and was responsible for the Professional Card Scheme for the Construction Sector in Spain at the non-profit bipartite Fundación Laboral de la Construcción in Madrid. He has an academic background in industrial sociology (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca), and also holds a Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Cardiff (Wales, UK) and a Master’s Degree on Health and Safety from the Autonomous Community of Madrid Region.

  • 12:20-12:30

    Final remarks

Material

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EU-OSHA

Practical note for audience.

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Marta Fana

Work organisation and telework: new realities old questions.

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Maria Caprile, Pablo Sanz

Telework: OSH risks and prevention policies. Preliminary results from desk research and fieldwork.

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Stefania Capecchi

Home-based work and risk prevention: evidence from ESENER 3.

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Andrea Broughton, Mario Battaglini

Recognising and mitigating OSH risks for teleworkers in the EU.

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Lode Godderis, Liesbeth Daenen

Do we work better at home or at 1.5 meter?

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Oscar Vargas Llave

Remote work and the right to disconnect.

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