Health and Safety at Work (Communication)

The Commission outlines its strategy for health and safety at work 2014-2020. Accidents at work cause the deaths of 4,000 workers each year EU-wide and result in more than three million employees EU-wide being absent from work for more than three days every year.


In view of the large number of fatal accidents at work and the loss of productivity due to illness - despite existing legislation - the consistent implementation and regular review of existing safety legislation is necessary. However, health and safety at work legislation must always strike a balance between the freedom to conduct a business, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the right of the workers to the highest possible level of protection. For this reason, the proposed involvement of the social partners is the right approach.