Eurofound Report Illuminates Issues for Older Workers

Significant numbers of workers ages 50-54 say they must work night shifts, lift heavy loads, and work at high speed, causing one-third of this age group to say they believe they won’t be able to work to age 60 or wouldn’t want to do the same job until then.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a new report Dec. 12 about sustainable work and the older workforce that shows why many of the workers believe they won’t be able to keep working until age 60. Significant numbers of workers ages 50-54 say they must work night shifts, lift heavy loads, and work at high speed, according to the report, which said one-third of this age group say they believe they won't be able to work to age 60 or wouldn't want to do the same job until then.

This age group also ranks highest for saying their work puts their health at risk, and that this mainly results from working in painful positions, doing shift or night work, and/or poor work/life balance, the report states.

About 29 percent of the 50-54 group say they'd prefer to work fewer hours, and the percentage saying this is higher among high-skilled workers.

Charts in the report show more than 20 percent of men and more than 10 percent of women between 50 and 54 reported their jobs involve carrying or moving very heavy loads, while about 35 percent of both sexes in that age bracket said their work involves tiring or painful positions and more than 40 percent of both sexes in the bracket said they must work at very high speed.

Eurofound is based in Dublin, Ireland, and is committed to making Europe a safer, healthier, and more productive place to work by promoting a culture of risk prevention to improve working conditions.

Product Showcase

  • EMSL Analytical, Inc. - Air Sampling Supplies & Testing Labs

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. operates laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for Asbestos, Mold, Silica, Lead & Metals, Bacteria, Legionella, USP , Combustion By-Products, VOC’s, Radon, PCB’s, Formaldehyde, METH/Fentanyl, Identification of Dust & Unknowns. Sampling Pumps, Cassettes, Media & Supplies available. Reach us at 1-800.220.3675 3

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. 3

  • Safety Shower Test Cart

    The Safety Shower Test Cart speeds up and simplifies emergency shower tests, ensures you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations, and significantly reduces testing costs. With 7 unique features, the cart makes testing easy, effective, and efficient. You can test water clarity, flow, temperature, and spread—all at the same time! Most safety shower testing kits create a mess, take too much time to use, and don't fully help you stay in compliance with OSHA & ANSI standards. Transform the way you test emergency showers with Green Gobbler Safety. 3

Featured