Occupational safety and health in micro and small enterprises

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises constitute most businesses in
Europe, with micro enterprises alone accounting for an astonishing 95 %.
Therefore, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and in particular micro and
small enterprises (MSEs), are EU-OSHA's key audience: they not only account for
more than half of the EU workforce but suffer from a disproportionately high
percentage of accidents and other OSH problems. While larger enterprises are
increasingly investing in OSH policies, this is apparently missing in many
SMEs, probably because of a perceived or real lack of resources and an often
poor exchange of information about effective OSH management.

By raising awareness and providing practical resources, EU-OSHA, with the help
of its partners, has supported hundreds of thousands of MSEs and many other
beneficiaries, and continues to look for innovative ways of reaching out to its
key target audiences.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work