Award for preserving workers’ health presented to WHO European Centre for Environment and Health


Dr Elizabet Paunovic accepting the diploma on behalf of WHO ECEH.

During the XIV “Occupation and Health” Russian National Congress with International Participation on 26–29 September 2017 in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH) received a diploma for progress in workers’ health preservation. The diploma recognizes the ECEH’s efforts in providing policy and technical guidance in the WHO European Region.

Dr Elizabet Paunovic, Head of the ECEH and responsible officer for occupational health, accepted the diploma on its behalf.

Workers’ health protection in the era of the 2030 Agenda

WHO/Europe delivered a session at the Congress on workers’ health protection in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aimed to increase capacity in implementation.

Poor working conditions result in a total of 300 000 work-related deaths and economic losses of 4% of the Region’s gross domestic product every year. In many European countries, less than 10% of the working population has access to occupational health services due to various unfavourable trends over the past decade. These trends particularly affect migrant workers, self-employed workers, agricultural workers, and employees in small and medium-sized enterprises.

The ECEH provides technical and policy support to countries in the Region for effective and efficient implementation of the WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health 2008–2017 in collaboration with governments, trade unions, employers, professional associations and other stakeholders. The Global Plan aims to strengthen the capacity of national health systems to assess and eliminate risk factors in the work environment.