The European Commission has launched a new five-year strategy for Safety and
Health at work. It aims at cutting by a quarter work-related illness and
accidents across the EU.
The new European Strategy will cover the period of 2007 to 2012 and pursue the
positive trends of the previous Community Strategy 2002-2006 which is already
bearing fruit. Over the period 2002-2004, the rate of fatal accidents at work
in the EU-15 has fallen by 17% while the rate of workplace accidents leading to
absences of more than three days has fallen by 20%.
As promoted in the previous Community strategy evaluation, a particular
emphasis is placed on partnership at European and national levels to achieve
good results in safety and health.
Main challenges concerning health and safety at work
In spite of the progress achieved, the latest results of the fourth European
survey of working conditions show that many workers in Europe continue to
perceive that their jobs pose a threat to their health or safety:
Moreover, occupational hazards are not being reduced in a uniform way:
Objectives of the Community strategy 2007-2012
The European Commission has set itself an ambitious overall objective: to
reduce by 25% the total incidence rate of accidents at work per 100 000 workers
in the EU 27 for the period 2007-2012.
In order to achieve this goal, the following main instruments are proposed:
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work