Sustainable industries, sustainable jobs? Work environment in the recycling industry

19th – 21st of March 2024
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo, Norway


About this workshop

The workshop will examine and elucidate work environment challenges relevant to “green jobs”, including identifying current knowledge gaps. Particular emphasis will be placed on psychosocial work characteristics and the recycling industries of the Nordic countries, but chemical/biological exposures will also be included, as these emerging industries involve challenges related to new biohazards.

The interplay between the psychosocial and the chemical/biological work environment will be illuminated, for instance by addressing questions pertaining to safety psychology and -culture when dealing with chemical/biological exposures. Potential health impacts will be discussed based on up-to-date research.

Workshop summary

19th – 21st of March 2024
Onsite course
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo, Norway
Deadline 12th of February 2024
EUR 850 – 1.050 (depending on the day package)
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Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 1.050 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 550).

EUR 1.050

Day package II

This package includes

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 850 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 350).

EUR 850


18th – 21st of March 2024 at Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo, Norway

NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 18th – 21st of March 2024 at Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo, Norway.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel through this link (available until 19.2.2024.)

The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1.425 including breakfast (approx. EUR 125/night).

The block reservation will be available until 19th of February 2024.

Approx. EUR 125/night

Workshop objectives

The main objectives are to provide participants with an understanding of – and opportunity to discuss in-depth – implications of emerging industries and new jobs for job design and -characteristics, and consequently for worker well-being and health, particularly in the Nordic context.

Main topics

Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • Characterizing “green jobs”
  • Psychosocial work characteristics of green jobs
  • Chemical/biological exposures
  • Safety psychology
  • Well-being (health, sickness absence, work ability) in environmental jobs
  • Work environment interventions, survey-feedback methodology
  • Future avenues

Target groups

  • Researchers at all levels (e.g. PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, senior researchers),
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Consultants
  • Employers and managers
  • HR

Subject background

Concerns about global climate change have been a major source of disruption to the world of work during recent years. Increased focus on environmental sustainability and a green economy has spurred growth in the recycling industry.

However, as this industry is still emerging and developing, concerns have been raised about working conditions for this part of the “green-collar workforce”. While green jobs are intended to support a more sustainable, green economy, the sustainability of the work environment seems to have been subject to limited systematic consideration in this industry so far. In Norway, for example, the prevalence of sick leave in the recycling industry has been above the average of other industrial occupations.

General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline.

Travel arrangements

Please refrain from booking any travel tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent at the latest after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by 12th of February 2024: full refund
Cancellations received by 13th of February 2024 or later: no refund

NIVA will issue an invoice or send information on how to pay the course with credit card (depending on the option chosen in the registration form) after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact persons

Course leader

Live Bakke Finne, Researcher, National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), Norway

In practical matters, please contact:

Morten Jakobsen
Project Manager & Sustainability Advisor

Course leader

Live Bakke Finne

  • Researcher, National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), NO

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