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Sarah Copsey – European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Spain

"Occupational safety and health has an important role to play in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management."



Sarah Copsey
Project Manager
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Too often chronic pain leads to an early exit from the workplace. However, as I know from personal experience, with the right employer attitudes and workplace adjustments combined with support from the public health system many pain sufferers can continue working.

Sarah has been employed as a project manager for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) since 1998. Her work has mainly focused on the identification and promotion of good practices and she has developed and managed a variety of projects to this end. Her areas of responsibility have included various diversity issues such as young workers, mainstreaming OSH into education, gender and occupational safety and health (OSH), disabled workers, good practices in the prevention of occupational risks in road transport and projects on worker participation in OSH. Recently she was the coordinator for a major project on OSH and the ageing workforce which was carried out for the European Parliament and is currently part of a team developing a large-scale project on musculoskeletal disorders and the workplace.

Sarah has worked in health and safety since 1988. Before joining the EU-OSHA she was Head of Health and Safety at UNISON - the national trade union for public service and health care workers in the UK. Her academic background is in psychology and ergonomics. She started her working life at Nottingham University, on projects concerning stress and shift work.