The Eurogip Discussions: Health and safety of temporary workers in Europe – Friday 14 October 2005 (available in French only)
How to reconcile temporary work with occupational safety? The question is worth asking given that the use of temporary work and fixed-term contracts is progressing everywhere in Europe and the workers in question apparently sustain occupational injuries twice as often as other workers. And yet legislation exists. Starting with a European directive, adopted in 1991, which lays down minimum requirements for protection of the health and safety of temporary workers. It has, moreover, been transposed into national law in all the EU Member States. But, in the opinion of the European Commission itself, the results of this implementation are “highly inadequate”. The aspects brought into question are the information and training of temporary workers, induction of temporary employees, the “duality” of the employers (the temporary work agency and the user firm), etc. That is why Eurogip – whose mission is to coordinate, on the European level, Social Security action in the area of occupational risks – has decided to devote its fourth “Discussions” to issues regarding improved protection of temporary workers and to examples of good practices developed in various European countries.
Only in French