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What is NEW OSH ERA?

The NEW OSH ERA project helped to combine the strengths of the different EU Member States in occupational safety and health (OSH) research.

Until now, the EU Member States have had their own separate OSH research programmes, dealing with what are often very similar subjects. At the same time, the problems that OSH researchers face are increasingly complex, with many different factors involved.

NEW OSH ERA, which was funded within the ERA-NET scheme under the Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, helped to overcome this fragmentation and duplication in EU OSH research.

By increasing cooperation and coordination between different research programmes, NEW OSH ERA helped increase the overall scale and effectiveness of the research carried out in the EU. The networking and integration of national programmes helped EU researchers understand the increasingly complicated OSH issues that we face, and so contribute to the productivity and well-being of Europe's workers.

The NEW OSH ERA Consortium included 18 leading public agencies, ministries and research organisations. The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health coordinated the New OSH ERA project. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (the Agency) played a full part in the project.

Although this project officially ended on 1st April 2010, it will continue its work through the annual Forum on New and Emerging Risks at Work and the NEW OSH ERA Research Programme on Psychosocial Risks at Work. All the information will be available on this website.

Read the Information leaflet.

ERA-NET is a highly innovative funding scheme that was launched in Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2002-2006) and which will be continued in the 7th Framework Programme during 2007-2013. ERA-NET funding scheme provides support for the transnational networking and coordination of national research programmes.