Planned foresight study of new and emerging occupational safety and health risks associated with information and communications technologies and work locations by 2025

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The foresight will produce a set of scenarios to 2025 to consider the potential impacts that developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) and changes in work location (including the development of the EU Digital Single Market) may have on workers’ safety and health. The aim of the project is to inform EU decision makers, Member States’ Governments, trade unions and employers, so that they can take decisions to shape the future of occupational safety and health (OSH) towards safer and healthier workplaces.

The work will be carried out in three distinct phases:

  • Work package 1 will involve the identification of key contextual drivers of change that could contribute to creating new and emerging risks associated with ICT and changes in work location. This will be achieved by horizon scanning, followed by a consultation exercise involving structured interviews and a web survey with a range of experts and key thinkers.
  • Work package 2 is to develop the scenarios. The first step consists in developing a set of ‘base scenarios’ describing possible and plausible visions of the world of work in 2030 shaped by the key drivers of change from work package 1. This will be followed by a multidisciplinary workshop involving a representative cross section of participants, including ICT and OSH experts, to explore the future OSH challenges and opportunities associated with ICT and workplace location in each scenario. In a further workshop with policy-makers the resulting scenarios will be tested and refined with regard to their use for the development of strategy options addressing the future OSH challenges identified.
  • Work package 3 will comprise a series of workshops across Europe to promote the project findings as well as the use of the scenarios as a tool to address the future OSH challenges associated with developments in ICT and work location.

Further reading

Project brief - File:2016 04 08 Project brief Final.pdf

Summary report Key trends and drivers of change - File:2016 11 07 D1-ReviewTrendsDriversOfChange.pdf

Briefing for consultees - File:2016 11 07 D2-Review of drivers and barriers - Briefing.pdf


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