Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load 2020-22

About this campaign

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22 aims to raise awareness that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect all sectors and jobs. It also aims to show that MSDs are preventable and manageable. It aims to do this through the following strategic objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the importance and relevance of preventing MSDs by providing facts and figures on exposure to, and the impact of MSDs.

  • Promote risk assessment and proactive management of work-related MSDs by providing access to MSD resources, such as tools, guidance, and audio-visual material.

  • Demonstrate that MSDs are an issue for everyone in many types of workplace across various sectors, and can be successfully tackled, including by providing good practice examples.

  • Improve knowledge on new and emerging risks and other developments in relation to MSDs.

  • Increase awareness of the importance of reintegrating and retaining workers with chronic MSDs, and how this can be done in practice.

  • Mobilise and stimulate effective collaboration among different stakeholders by bringing them together and facilitating exchange of information, knowledge, and good practices.



SIP joined this campaign as one of our four long-term objectives is to initiate policies addressing the impact of pain on employment and include pain in relevant existing initiatives. SIP asks for reasonable, flexible workplace adjustments by employers which can help individuals with chronic pain to stay in work or reintegrate into the workforce.

Engaging with this campaign, as well as disseminating other relevant best practices, (such as the CHRODIS+), supports another of our four long-term objectives to prioritise pain education for health care professionals, patients, policymakers, and the general public. SIP calls for the sharing of best practice, identifying gaps, and proposing recommendations to foster education of healthcare professionals as well as awareness-raising and education of patients, policymakers, and the general public on pain, across Europe.

SIP also recognises the relevance of this campaign for SIP National Platforms, as for example, this campaign can be launched nationally, in local languages, and be adapted to local priorities in pain and employment issues.

EU-OSHA will also organise key activities and events throughout the campaign, such as the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards.

The campaign will conclude with the Healthy Workplaces Summit, which allows those who have contributed to the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the campaign. It also presents an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned.



SIP National Platform colleagues and SIP Stakeholder Forum Partners should contact:

Ángela Cano Palomares, Advocacy and Projects Officer, Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Europe, at European Pain Federation EFIC -

Emilia Kosińska, EU Affairs Coordinator at Pain Alliance Europe -


Please also see below for further information and resources:

  • Looking to the future, collaboration with ENETOSH, the European Network for Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health, and the education sector will help to produce a campaign pack for schools with useful resources.



SIP recently responded to the European Commission’s consultation on the Strategic Framework 2021-2027 for Health and Safety at Work in the EU, and will shortly be publishing our own position paper on Workplace Integration and Adaptation.

CHRODIS+ Work Package 8 (Chronic Diseases and Employment) webpage

CHRODIS+ Workbox on Employment and Chronic Conditions

Pain Alliance Europe Surveys on stigma and your work life


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