CEC European Managers participated to the public consultation on the EU occupational safety and health at work

The OSH programs aim to identify emerging risks related to work such as new occupational illnesses or new psychosocial risks but also to set up a safer and healthy work environment for every worker.

On 26 August 2013, CEC European Managers handed-in its contribution about the new EU occupational safety and health (OSH) policy framework. The OSH programs aim to identify emerging risks related to work such as new occupational illnesses or new psychosocial risks but also to set up a safer and healthy work environment for every worker.

This public consultation cast by the European Commission aimed to evaluate the efficiency of the new OSH policy framework. Participants were asked to give some concrete suggestions on how to improve the OSH policy framework.

The European Commission asked specific questions concerning the period 2007-2012 EU OSH and others about the contents of the new EU OSH.  The European Commission was particularly interested to read an assessment of the 2007-2012 EU OSH and what would be the key challenges of the new OSH.

We agreed on the fact that the objective to reduce by 2012 the percentage of work accidents by 25% has been achieved. However, we find regrettable that no objectives have been set concerning the occupational illnesses for the period 2007-2012. For CEC European Managers the biggest challenge of this new OSH policy framework would be to make stress considered as an occupational disease because for many years occupational health and safety issues were almost entirely associated physical problems (accidents, injuries, diseases). We also would like the European Commission to take more into account the issues encountered by managers because more and more often we can see that managers are facing many health problems due to work; with stress as the most important and frequent. A study explains that nearly one in four workers is affected by stress, and suggests that between 50% and 60% of all lost working days are related to it.

CEC European Managers worked to provide to the European Commission indications of the most appropriate solutions to decrease the percentage of occupational illnesses as well as work accidents for all workers (managers and employees).

Read here the full contribution of CEC European Managers (in English only).