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Given the health crisis, the European Commission has adjusted its work programme which includes 43 new initiatives compared to the one presented in January. But there is no mention of a new European strategy for occupational safety and health (OSH).
“That is an astonishing decision after thousands of deaths caused by exposure to Covid-19 at work, while millions more remain at home because their workplaces are considered unsafe”, according to a statement by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
“Even without Covid-19, there are still an annual 4,000 fatal accidents at work while more than 100,000 people die every year from work-related cancer.” This why there is a need for a new and ambitious EU strategy on occupational health and safely,
The Commission had launched a call for tender for the evaluation of the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020. Let’s bet that the work is ongoing…