Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Areas of activity

The 1989 Directive on the protection of health and safety at work (89/391/EEC) lays down basic principles for all sectors of activity – in particular the general responsibilities of employers for the safety and health of their workers.

Current EU policy is outlined in the EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014-2020. Specific EU rules also apply in the following areas:

Preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs):
Specific aspects of the ergonomic risks which are potentially linked to the occurrence of WRMSDs, include

Preventing ergonomic risks:

Socio-economics costs of accidents at work and work-related ill health:

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