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Ageing workforce – how do you manage it sustainably?

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The 2016 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, taking place from 24 to 28 October, will promote healthy ageing and sustainable work. It will be linked to the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign.

Older workers constitute a growing proportion of the European workforce. By 2030, employees aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. In the UK, approximately 30% of the total workforce is already over 50 years’ old, while employees aged 60 and over constitute 23% of the workforce, and this figure is set to rise to 30.7% by 2020.

This demographic trend creates significant challenges and opportunities for both employers and their workforces. Over the next two decades, a large proportion of employees who are currently over 50 will retire, taking their market expertise, professional experience and skills with them. Meanwhile, the demographic data suggests that there is unlikely to be a sufficient supply of younger people in Britain who would replace these retiring workers.

The British Safety Council’s monthly magazine Safety Management, a media partner of the EU-OSHA campaign, has been advising its readers on how to manage ageing workforce and create sustainable workplaces.

Iris Cepero, editor of Safety Management, which regularly addresses the challenges of an ageing workforce in Britain, said: “We have been supporting the EU-OSHA campaign from its inception, believing that it addresses one of the most important issues of modern society which will have a profound impact on the competitiveness of companies of all sizes. The campaign calls on employers to commit themselves to the sustainable management of their workforce. Only by providing an age-friendly work environment will they be able to create a committed and motivated multi-generational workforce.

“The British Safety Council will continue endorsing the message of the EU-OSHA campaign through its current and future activities and Safety Management will also promote best practice in this area among its readership.”

The British Safety Council, a corporate membership organisation and a charity, gives its full support to the EU-OSHA campaign. During the European Safety and Health at Work Week, British Safety Council employees will be able to participate in a resilience workshop, mental health awareness sessions and other activities promoting a positive work ethic.

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