On 25 November the European Parliament passed a resolution on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work for 2014-2020.
In this document, it asks the European Commission to:
- present a draft revision of the directive concerning the protection of workers against the risks related to exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work and establish more binding exposure limit values;
- “define immediately a comprehensive strategy regarding endocrine disruptors”;
- act concretely to prevent risks related to the development of the nanotechnologies sector.
The resolution also emphasizes the emergence of work-related mental suffering and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). “Psychosocial risks and work-related stress are a structural problem due to work organization”, according to the MPs, who ask the Commission to consider presenting a draft legal Act based on the framework agreement on harassment and violence at work, adopted by the social partners in 2007. Parliament also demands “an exhaustive legal instrument” to prevent work-related MSDs.
Finally, the European MPs are concerned about a possible decline in the level of safety and health at work that could result from the REFIT programme (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme).