Community news|29/07/14

The employer representatives reaffirm their positions regarding OSH

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > The employer representatives reaffirm their positions regarding OSH

At a conference on working conditions, held in Brussels by the European Commission in April 2014, Business Europe, an organization representing European employers, reiterated its positions on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and psychosocial risks (PSR). The Managing Director of Business Europe, Thérèse de Liedekerke, cited the results of the latest Eurofound survey to show that efforts had been made. According to this survey, 84% of European workers consider that their working conditions are good, including their working hours and safety and health at work.

Mrs de Liedekerke reasserted the view of her organization regarding possible new OSH legislation. In her opinion, there already exists a vast body of European OSH legislation (24 directives in all) and the full application of this legislation should take priority over new legislation. She also considers that “employers take their responsibilities seriously and progress has been made in reducing the number of occupational injuries. Between 2008 and 2011, the number of injuries declined by 14% and the number of fatal injuries by 16% in the EU-27” (Eurostat).

Regarding psychosocial risk (PSR) prevention, Mrs de Liedekerke mentioned that the social partners developed significant tools in the European agreements on occupational stress and the prevention of violence and harassment to help companies and employees cope with this.

At this conference, other aspects were discussed, such as the anticipation and management of restructuring operations and reconciling working life and private life.

Discover other news

Community news

14/05/24

Telework and right to disconnect: The Commission launches first-stage consultation of social partners

The European Parliament Resolution of 21 January 2021 on the right to disconnect (2019/2181(INL)) called for legislative action on the right to disconnect and telework at EU level. In its response, the Commission confirmed its intention to follow up with a proposal for a legislative act, in full respect of the proportionality, subsidiarity and better law-making principles.

Abroad

30/04/24

BELGIUM: Case law on PSR since 2016

The Federal Public Service (FPS) Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue has compiled a collection of case law on psychosocial risks at work (PSR) from the labour courts from 2016 to 2023. The first collection covered the period from 2003 to 2010.