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12 July 2018

France: the social partners reject the idea of a standard on mental health in the workplace

As part of the discussions in a body overseen by the Labour Minister, France’s social partners stated clearly that they were opposed to any draft standard on mental health and safety in the workplace. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) would like to begin work on this draft standard, following on from the adoption in March of a standard on occupational health and safety management.

In a statement published on 29 June 2018, the COCT (Advisory Board for Working Conditions) said: ‘The members of the COCT standing advisory group would like to draw attention to the fact that such a subject is not a matter for standardisation, but for regulations and social dialogue. As a result, they are not in favour of initiating a draft standard on “mental health and safety in the workplace”’.

The COCT, overseen by the Ministry of Labour, brings together representatives of the trade unions, employers’ organisations and ministerial departments to exchange views on issues linked to public policy on health in the workplace.

In November 2016, the COCT had expressed its opposition to standard ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety management systems. It was unsuccessful, however, as the standard was eventually published on 12 March 2018.

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Statement from the COCT standing advisory group on the draft standard: mental health and safety in the workplace

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