EU-OSHA initiated the Safer and healthier work at any age project in 2013 to investigate ways of improving health and safety at work considering the challenges of an ageing workforce.Methods
The project considered rehabilitation and return to work with a research review, an analysis report and nine case studies on rehabilitation/RTW programmes.Results
The analyses identified different approaches across the State systems examined, prerequisites for a successful system, and factors for a successful rehabilitation and RTW system. The research review examined prerequisites for a successful rehabilitation and return to work system. In general:Results
The analysis report identified common elements that contribute to effective return to work and rehabilitation systems at national and workplace levels. These included:Discussion
This is the first European overview on this topic. It highlights that governments should move towards a system that encourages an integrated system that focuses on workers’ capabilities rather than their disabilities.