DENMARK: a historically important grant for the working environment

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The Parliament has just adopted, by a large majority, an agreement on occupational safety and health (OSH), with a budget of DKK 1.3 billion (€174 million) for the period 2023-2026. The budget is divided into the following three priorities, each with concrete initiatives

  • Preparing for the future in terms of occupational health and safety, with concrete initiatives including: strengthening the psychological working environment, simplifying the actions and instruments of the Danish Working Environment Authority, particularly in terms of inspection, preventing physical wear and tear, integrating the green transition, communicating proactively with businesses, etc.
  • Fight against social dumping and illegal work with a surveillance of large construction projects, a blacklist of companies excluded from public tenders, publication of data on inspections and decisions of the Danish Authority…
  • Strengthened action in priority areas, including a holistic approach to occupational accidents and a reduction in particular of fatal accidents (increasing in 2022), strengthened action on hazardous chemicals, exposure to asbestos, stress at work (with a focus on management), strengthened research on OSH…

The agreement states that the government will allocate DKK 202.7 million on a permanent basis from 2027. Parliament believes that some initiatives will require legislative changes.

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