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Working conditions, including health and safety at work

Europe is one of the best places to live and work in the world, with high levels of worker protection and well-being and comprehensive social safety nets for those in need.

In the last Eurofound working conditions survey, 85% of respondents reported either being satisfied or very satisfied with their working conditions. In 2017, the share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion decreased by 5 million. And for the first time since the crisis, income inequality declined in 2017.

Employers are committed to providing good working conditions, including protecting workers’ health and safety at the workplace across the EU. Good health and safety performance also helps to ensure business continuity and competitiveness, avoiding high levels of absence and loss of skilled workers. But only if the administrative burdens and costs don’t outweigh the benefits.

Publications

Public letters Date
Biological agents directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to the European Parliament EMPL Committee 09/06/2020
Directive on protecting workers from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work - Joint letter from employers to members of the European Parliament Employement Committee 04/01/2017
EU strategic framework for health and safety at work - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament Employment Committee 14/09/2015
Press releases Date
EU can only deliver for people if the economy works well 14/01/2020
Position papers Date
Second-phase consultation of social partners under Article 154 TFEU on revisions of Directive 2004/37/EU to include binding occupational exposure limit values for additional carcinogens and mutagens - BusinessEurope response 20/12/2017
First-phase consultation of social partners under Article 154 TFEU on revisions of Directive 2004/37/EU to include binding occupational exposure limit values for additional carcinogens and mutagens - BusinessEurope response 18/09/2017
Safer and healthier work for all - Modernisation of the EU occupational safety and health legislation and policy 27/03/2017
Covenant - A voluntary action scheme on raising awareness and exchanging good practices to deal with risks arising from occupation exposure to carcinogens 25/05/2016
European campaign on stress and psychosocial risks - BusinessEurope message 04/03/2015
The EU strategic framework on health and safety at work - a BusinessEurope position paper 01/12/2014

Upcoming Events

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The World congress on safety and health at work constitutes a global forum for prevention. It takes place every three years and in 2020, it will be Canada's turn to welcome the global prevention community. The congress is a crucial global forum for the exchange of information and opinion by...

Last updated: 15 January 2020