GIG-OSH - Overview

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New Challenges for Occupational Safety and Health in times of the digital transformation in Europe: The role of digital labour platforms (GIG-OSH)

IP: Mireia Julià
Funding Institution: International Collaboration Projects. Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) con el fondo del Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia (PRTR)
Lenght:  2022-2025
Funding: 124.968€
Reference: PCI2022-134969-2
Team members: Astrid Escrig & Eva Padrosa

Digitalization has transformed the labor market, driving the rise of digital platforms that connect supply and demand through specific tasks. These platforms offer flexibility but also generate ambiguities regarding contracts and occupational safety. Online work can lead to tech-related stress and isolation, while on-location work can involve traffic risks or customer aggression. GIG-OSH is a research project that studies occupational safety and health (OSH) in the platform economy in Europe, an aspect that has been little explored so far.

The goal is to identify OSH risks and regulations in this area, as well as to propose recommendations for creating safer and healthier working environments for platform workers, using mixed methodologies. Seven European countries participate in this project: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The project results will provide a new scientific understanding of platform work, helping to contextualize findings on health and safety within different regulatory environments. With this knowledge, GIG-OSH will offer recommendations to policymakers, businesses, and unions to improve the protection of European workers' health.