Cancer survivors often experience mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as fatigue, which can limit their ability to work and may be associated with negative attitudes among colleagues.
The report suggests that employers which implement multidisciplinary interventions, involving physical and vocational rehabilitation measures and counselling, are more likely to help those affected return to work successfully.
It says that companies with fewer than 250 staff need additional support and education in assisting with rehabilitation because "it is harder for them to accommodate work modifications and provide gradual return to work, as they have less flexibility".
The study identified several examples of good-practice interventions from five EU member states, one of which was the Working Through Cancer programme run by Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK.
This "comprehensive" intervention offers a range of resources, from online information, toolkits and e-learning modules to telephone support and in-company training. It is tailored to the needs of workers and their families, employers, HR managers and healthcare providers.
Other good practice examples listed in the report include:
Working Health Services in Scotland, which provides information for physiotherapists, occupational health providers (OHPs) and nurses, psychologists and counsellors. A face to face consultation with the patient means the programme is specifically tailored to their needs
The Netherlands' "in-hospital rehabilitation" intervention, which is carried out by oncology nurses trained in occupational issues. It features modules for various stakeholders and encourages communication between the employer, employees and the OHP.
The Return back to Work programme run by the Cancer Society Finland, which targets both employers and the cancer survivor's family members.
In addition to calling for new legislation mandating personalised return to work programmes for workers affected by cancer, the report says these programmes should be integrated into company policies, with sufficient time and resources allocated to providing information on cancer and return to work.
It says good communication between stakeholders is "essential" for return-to-work interventions to succeed and believes more effort is needed to encourage positive workplace attitudes towards people returning to work after cancer.
Christa Sedlatschek, EU-OSHA's executive director, said: "In addition to the detrimental effects that being out of work has on an individual's wellbeing and finances, this situation has severe economic consequences for businesses and society as a whole. In 2009, working days lost as a result of cancer are estimated to have cost the European Union €9.5bn [£8.4bn].
"Therefore, it is essential that companies implement effective strategies to help their employees get back to work following diagnosis of cancer."
The country’s level of work-related harm remains high by international standards, particularly in comparison with Australia and the UK, and the government’s ambition is to decrease rates to “world class health and safety levels”. New Zealand’s fatal work-related injury rate per 100,000 workers rose from 2.3 in 2015 to 2.6 in 2016 compared with Australia which declined from 1.8 to 1.5. The UK’s fatal work-related injury rate in 2015 was 0.8 per 100,000 workers.
The Palmer Timber employees were walking across the firm’s yard at Cradley Heath, in the West Midlands, on 23 February 2015 when a Combilift multi-directional forklift hit them as it turned a corner.The company pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4, by virtue of reg 17, of the Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulations, which covers the organisation of traffic routes.
The new office is the first step in implementing the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Qatar government and the ILO last November.The ILO said it will work with the government and other stakeholders to implement a new OSH policy that will pay particular attention to the risks of heat stress. This will be supported by an awareness raising campaign.
The free-to-use Safe Car Wash app asks drivers questions relating to signs of modern slavery, including if the worker has access to suitable personal protective equipment such as gloves and boots, if they seem afraid and if the service costs less than £6.70.Based on their answers, the user may be prompted to call the Modern Slavery Helpline.
The worker was unloading empty food trays when the accident happened on 22 March 2016. Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that a forklift driver hit a stack of empty trays, which toppled on to the worker. He hit his head as he fell over and died from his injuries two weeks later. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Bakkavor Foods had failed to provide enough clearance between pedestrians and workplace vehicles. The company pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £176,000.
B&CE, the non-profit organisation that operates the UK construction industry’s pension scheme, developed the framework in collaboration with an occupational health (OH) steering group made up of employers, OH professionals, regulators and federations. It will form part of its new digital OH management model that aims to detect ill-health effects at an early stage.