Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety

The EU has definitely made some progress in the realm of occupational health and safety. The number of people who have died as a result of accidents at work has decreased by 25% since 2008, and the percentage of people who report health problems caused or worsened by work has decreased by 10% since 2008. However, 160 000 people still die as a result of work-related illnesses in Europe each year. Recently, the Commission launched a new initiative to promote occupational health and safety that focuses on preventing accidents and work-related illnesses.

1. How does the Commission intend to tackle work-related stress, which is a social problem with significant psychological and physical impacts?

2. Since the EU has no binding and harmonised legislation that specifically deals with the prevention of work-related harassment, does the Commission plan to create any legal structure(s) that addresses this fact?

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