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Working Papers

New scope for the Community health and safety at work strategy 2007-2012

Laurent Vogel (ETUI)

Publication date : 2006

Number of pages : 48

Author(s) :

Laurent Vogel (ETUI) and Pascal Paoli (Health and safety at work specialist)

This document reviews the failings of the strategy pursued from 2002 to 2006 to recommend a new strategy built around practical initiatives and a definite timetable. The publication makes the union case against any "break from introducing new legislation".

The Community agenda must put a central focus on two key risks: musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), the main cause of illness related to a pressurized work organisation, and chemicals, a major cause of work-related health problems, where the regulatory framework is in the midst of a far-reaching overhaul.

The right of all workers to collective representation in health and safety is another focus of trade union demands. The measures needed to address the daunting challenges of EU enlargement also attract the unions' attention.

The second part of the brochure gives a capsule view of the surveys done on the health impact of working conditions in the EU.

ETUI, Brussels, ISBN 2-87452-033-0

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