All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation, which will be open from 31 May 2013 to 26 July 2013. Contributions are particularly sought from representatives of Member States' public authorities, organisations representing employees and employers, and stakeholders and experts with an interest in the area of occupational safety and health.
László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said: "Accidents at work are at a historically low level, and the European Union’s occupational safety and health standards are a reference for the rest of the world. Investing in occupational safety pays off in terms of improved productivity and staff well-being, reduced absenteeism and staff turnover and greater job satisfaction, especially during the crisis. However, this policy area also faces challenges and together we need to find solutions to address these challenges".
As a basis for the consultation, the European Commission published today the results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.
The conclusions of this evaluation confirm the importance of the European dimension of occupational safety and health policy, in particular as regards the positive trend in work accident reduction and the role of the EU strategy in coordinating efforts and providing a common framework for action.
For the future, more still needs to be done, in particular to improve the implementation of occupational safety and health provisions in SMEs and micro-enterprises, to develop more accurate monitoring and evidence gathering tools, to better focus on emerging risks and occupational illness and to effectively tackle the occupational safety and health problems linked to the ageing of the working population.
A report by the National Statistics Office in Malta revealed that claims in respect of non-fatal accidents at work in the first quarter of 2013 decreased by 45, or 6.6 per cent, compared to the corresponding period in 2012. No fatal accident at work was reported.