EU strategy protects workers’ safety and health in today’s changing world of work


Designed to protect the health and safety of workers in the EU – all 170 million –, the framework sets out the key priorities. It outlines the actions needed in a post-pandemic world to manage both the green and digital transitions, as well as the demographic change resulting from an ageing workforce.

As we approach the first Anniversary of the strategy, it is important to ensure that we live up to our commitments. Officially launched by the European Commission on 28 June 2021, the strategy stems from more than 30 years of EU occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. It builds on the achievements of the previous (2014-2020) strategic framework, as well as input from a broad range of stakeholders.

I think our efforts at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have played a crucial role in delivering on the ambitions of the framework. As we enter the post-pandemic era, it’s clear to see the big transformation that workplaces have undergone to survive and thrive. Our practical COVID-19 resources have already helped organisations to confront the pandemic and protect their personnel.

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The Parliament, 22-06-22