OSH policy is not only a matter of laws and regulations - they are essential
and have to be applied at the workplace level. But to achieve measurable
improvements of the working conditions and a reduction of occupational
accidents and diseases it is necessary to combine them with a variety of other
instruments, such as social dialogue, good practices, awareness raising,
corporate social responsibility, economic incentives and mainstreaming.
At EU-level, this holistic approach towards OSH has been adopted in the form of
Community strategies on health and safety at work.
The current Community strategy aims to achieve a 25% cut in accidents at work
across the EU by 2012. To achieve this goal it calls for action by players at
all levels - European, national, local and workplaces.
A key concept and fundamental pillar for reaching the objectives of this
Community strategy is the development and implementation of coherent national
strategies in the EU Member States.
The shift towards new and information led strategies is a global one. The ILO
adopted in 2006 its Promotional Framework for Occupational safety and Health;
the WHO embraced a Global Action Plan on Worker's health 2008 - 2017. Also,
many countries outside the EU have developed OSH strategies to provide a
clearer focus on the overall direction and to set the OSH priorities in their
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work