Community news|26/06/18

OSH in micro and small enterprises in the EU

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > OSH in micro and small enterprises in the EU

A new report within the framework of the three-yearly SESAME project presents a review of occupational safety and health (OSH) in micro and small enterprises in Europe. The main objective was to determine what works, for whom and in what contexts.

The analysis is based on the study of 162 micro and small enterprises representing various sectors of activity in nine EU Member States, with for each case study: a visit to the enterprise, discussions with the owner-director and with a worker, and observation of the enterprise’s business.

One of the essential recommendations based on this study is that it is necessary to reinforce and maintain the state systems of regulation and control in all the EU Member States. It is also important to involve the trade union and employers’ organizations in working out policies which could cover micro and small enterprises in the EU, to improve allowance for OSH in the sector training system and to offer sustainable solutions, easily applicable and transferable to micro and small enterprises.

To find out more

Discover other news

Community news


OSH measures key to prevent violence and harassment at work

More than one in five workers in the 25 countries surveyed have experienced violence and harassment at work, according to a new report by the ILO. Creating an environment free of these problems requires “a cooperative approach and social dialogue within companies on occupational health and safety (OHS)”.

Community news


Lead and diisocyanates: Council approves new limit values

The new directive adopted today reduces the occupational exposure limit values for lead and its compounds, which are toxic to reproduction, by a factor of five, and introduces new limit values for diiosocyanates, to which 4.2 million workers are exposed and which can cause asthma and skin diseases.



OS&H in Europe: where are we now?

So where are we in Europe when it comes to health and safety at work? That's the question we put to William Cockburn Salazar, the new Executive Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), in the first episode of the EUROGIP Discussions.