The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched a new campaign to promote occupational health and
safety in the context of an ageing workforce.
The Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign is supported by The British Safety Council, which is urging employers to take part.
Chief executive Mike Robinson said: “In the next two decades, a large proportion of employees over 50 will leave work for ever, taking their market expertise, professional experience and skills with them. Meanwhile, the demographic data suggests that there is unlikely to be a sufficient supply of younger people in Britain to replace retiring workers.”
He said that for this reason the retention of older workers will become an economic as well as a social necessity. However, it will also mean greater exposure to a variety of health-related risks that organisations will need to manage.
He said: “The management of issues such as disability prevention, rehabilitation and return to work will increase in importance. The introduction of specifi measures to ensure work safety and the effiiency of older employees, as well as agesensitive risk assessments, will have to become a key part of occupational health and safety policies.”