As part of the ongoing events surrounding the launch of the Healthy Workplaces ‘Safe and healthy work in the digital age’ Campaign (HWC), EU-OSHA's Italian focal point, the Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro (INAIL), hosted the national kick-off in Rome on 13 November.
Maurizio Curtarelli, EU-OSHA Senior Project Manager in the Prevention and Research Unit, participated providing an overview of the campaign. After highlighting that it has been designed based on a multi-annual research programme exploring workplace digitalisation, he introduced the use of digital technologies in Italy and the European Union and the way in which they are transforming the nature and location of work. Referencing data from EU-OSHA's European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) and OSH Pulse, he outlined that 86% of Italian workers incorporate digital technologies into their work, yet only 24% of European workplaces discuss their impact for workers.
He also reviewed the campaign’s priority areas, partners, available resources and ways of participation. As the main goals, he referenced the promotion of a safe and productive use of digital technologies in every sector, raising awareness of their risks and opportunities, fostering information and good practice exchange and advancing the need to regularly carry out risk assessments.
In addressing occupational risk prevention in the digital age, key factors were outlined, including the importance of ensuring a human-centred approach to the use of technology in the workplace, encouraging worker information and participation in its development and implementation, facilitating transparency in their functioning and applying a holistic approach to risk assessments in regard to digital technologies.