BELGIUM: the“burn-out” pilot project extended to the care sector

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > BELGIUM: the“burn-out” pilot project extended to the care sector

Fedris, the Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, has extended its pilot project on the prevention of burn-out to the care sector. It launched it in January 2019 for the banking and hospital sectors. The aim is to provide support for people who are suffering at work, who have taken a large number of short work stoppages or who have been off work for less than two months in order to enable them to remain at work or return to work quickly.

With the health crisis, care staff have had to cope with an overload of stress and emotions. They are confronted with specific professional constraints and risks, as well as additional psychosocial risk factors: “organisational changes, shortage of staff, intensified workloads, complex tasks, ethical conflicts, confronted with a large number of deaths, etc.”.

What does Fedris propose?
Fedris offers the target audience of the project a support programme (pdf in French). This includes a set of measures focused on the individual but also on the workplace. This programme is spread over a maximum period of 9 months. It is flexible, as it must be adapted to the needs of each individual, depending on their experience and the degree of burn-out. It is the attending doctor, the prevention consultant/occupational physician or the psychosocial prevention consultant who submits a request for support to Fedris, which covers the costs of follow-up sessions, etc. The costs of the follow-up sessions are borne by the attending doctor.

The pilot project now targets up to 2,500 workers in the banking and healthcare sectors who are at an early stage of burn-out. It has a duration of 3 years at the end of which it will be evaluated.

Find out more (in French)

Discover other news

News, Standardization


AI and OHS: a look back at the Euroshnet conference in October 2022

Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was the theme of the 7th EUROSHNET conference which took place in Paris on 20 October and which brought together some 130 OSH experts from the world of standardisation, testing and certification, from 15 countries.



ITALY: tumour linked to mobile phone use recognised in PM

The Court of Appeal of Turin has just ruled in favour of a 63-year-old former technician who was seeking recognition as an occupational disease of the benign auricular tumour of which he was a victim for having used his mobile phone at work for at least 2.5 hours a day for 13 years.