05/01/2005

Occupational health - Eight priority action areas for Community policy

EU enlargement raised many questions about the future of health at work policy.
There has been progress in cutting work accident rates, but elsewhere what has
been done generally falls well short of what is wanted and needed. Over a
hundred thousand people in the European Union are killed each year in an
accident or by a disease caused by poor working conditions. Truth to tell, this
is no more than an approximate minimum, because no exact figures can be put on
it. It is a conservative and certainly under-stated guesstimate. Whenever
authorities or researchers attempt to determine what measurable impact working
conditions has on some aspect of health, they uncover new problems. Men and
women workers do not need specialists for that. Surveys tell us of the fatigue,
pain, disabilities and illnesses they suffer on a massive scale.

The European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety (TUTB) has
published a brochure which picks out eight specific areas where health at work
strategies need beefing up:


  • Occupational health

    A key area for reducing social inequalities in health

  • The Community strategy for the period 2002-2006

    The means for the job?

  • Prevention systems

    For a coherent strategy

  • Work organization

    A mix of important factors

  • Chemical risks

    Major cause of occupational health-related mortality

  • Job insecurity

    A big issue

  • Reproductive health and maternity

    Improving knowledge and prevention

  • Recognition of occupational diseases

    Learning the lessons of failure

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety