Within its foresight approach, EU-OSHA looks at changes that may take place in the future and considers what their consequences could be, with the aims of improving policy and regulation and raising awareness to reduce work-related accidents and ill health.
Within its new foresight cycle, work is focused on the circular economy (CE) and its effects on occupational safety and health (OSH), primarily within the European context.
While definitions of the CE vary across publications, this study understands CE to be ‘based on pillars that question operating modes that are well-rooted in today’s economy: sustainable supply, eco-design, industrial and territorial ecology, functional economy, sustainable consumption, extended use duration and recycling’. It further assumes that CE ’is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.
Read the OSHwiki article: Foresight study on the circular economy and its effects on occupational safety and health
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