HRM and skills development – September 2020

28 September 2020

EU supports development new generation ergonomic robots
Across Europe, forty million workers suffer from muscle, joint and nerve pain caused by physically demanding tasks. Innovative robots, cobots and exoskeletons that can relieve that work and make it healthier would therefore be a major economic and social step forward. EU-funded project SOPHIA will develop a new generation of cobots and exoskeletons addressing the issue. SOPHIA stands for Socio-physical Interaction Skills for Cooperative Human-Robot Systems in Agile Production. VUB is one of the project partners

OECD: education key to building a more resilient post-COVID society
The COVID crisis has exposed the many inadequacies and inequities in education systems around the world. As governments reshape their economies and people’s livelihoods to post-COVID times, it is critical that long-term public spending on education ensures that every young person has the same opportunity to continue education, succeed at school and develop the skills they need to contribute to society. Thus is stated in a report (16.47 MB) recently published by OECD.

CEOs vision on ingredients for business growth changed dramatically
The 2020 CEO Outlook COVID-19 Special Edition (1.23 MB), published by KPMG, shows a stunning change in CEO’s vision on their business growth perspectives, since the COVID-outbreak. Climate change, return to territorialism and cyber security topped the list in February 2020. However, when KPMG asked the same question six months later, ‘talent risk’ moved from 11th to the number One risk to business growth.

US checklist on packing procedures food industry in COVID times
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have developed a checklist (1.04 MB) for human and animal food manufacturers to consider when continuing, resuming or reevaluating operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The checklist is useful for persons growing, harvesting, packing, manufacturing, processing or holding human and animal food regulated by the FDA.

New ISO handbook helps SMEs create safe and healthy workplaces
Health and safety at work not only save lives, they are essential to effective business performance. ISO 45001 is the first and only International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management, a result of agreed good practice from around the world. ISO recently published a new handbook to help small organisations get the most out of it. You can buy the handbook here.

Impact of COVID on 34 sectors identified
As part of a larger project, research and policy consultancy firm Panteia (in Dutch) carried out an analysis of the impact of COVID19 on the economy and labour market in 34 sectors, including the food, chemical and retail industries. The results of this analysis have been set out per sector in a report (in Dutch, 3.25 MB) that can help sectors to analyse their own labour market.

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