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BusinessEurope’s position on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work

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BusinessEurope, one of the representatives of European employers, takes position, in a document published in December 2014, on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020. In 40 points, BusinessEurope discusses various subjects such as psychosocial risks (PSR), administrative burdens and the establishment of a database on occupational exposures.

BusinessEurope welcomes the decline in the number of accidents at work (-27%) and workers’ high level of satisfaction with health and safety in their workplace. The organization is also pleased by the fact that 27 Member States out of 28 have produced a specific national strategy, thus establishing an appropriate framework for action.

BusinessEurope applauds the European Commission’s approach, which is to improve application of the existing legislation and develop non-legislative tools. The European employers’ organization reiterates its support for the European Commission regarding its objective of reducing the administrative burdens weighing on businesses, especially SMEs. Regarding PSR, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and mental health issues, BusinessEurope repeats that it is not in favour of establishing specific legislation.

BusinessEurope expresses its concern regarding the possible creation of a European database on occupational exposures, which could be the first step toward the standardization of criteria for recognition of occupational diseases. According to BusinessEurope, this issue must remain the responsibility of governments, and not the European Union.

Read Eurogip’s note on the Strategic Framework
Read the European Commission’s Communication relating to an EU strategic framework in the area of occupational safety and health (2014-2020)

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