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Parliamentary questions
5 November 2014
O-000075/2014
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 128
Marita Ulvskog, on behalf of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

 Subject: The EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020
 Answer 

1. In light of the Commission communication on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 and with particular reference to Parliament’s topical resolution of 15 December 2011 on the mid-term review of the European strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work, does the Commission agree with the following suggested actions:

– setting measurable goals, with fixed timetables and a requirement for periodical evaluation;

– strengthening the enforcement and implementation of existing legislation and submitting future proposals to rigorous impact assessments;

– facilitating the implementation of occupational health and safety (OSH) policies through straightforward legislation and user-friendly guides to help SMEs and micro-enterprises in particular to comply with health and safety rules without undue administrative burden, while maintaining the same high level of health and safety protection for all workers;

– ensuring effective risk-prevention policies (e.g. in the area of new technologies) involving social partners;

– preparing a targeted approach for workers in non-standard forms of work;

– developing gender- and age-specific disaggregated statistics on work-related diseases at EU level;

– developing a European monitoring programme of occupational hazards, particularly musculoskeletal and psychosocial problems, and exposure to carcinogens and other hazardous substances, using common health indicators, definitions and epidemiological tools as its basis;

– giving a clear definition of occupational accidents and diseases, including work-related stress, and introducing specific indicators in order to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation; and

– taking work-related road safety into account, especially as regards commuting accidents, and collecting more data about accidents on the way to and from work?

2. Why does the Commission not foresee specific legislative action in the Strategic Framework on Health and Safety, as previously planned, for example, in the area of stress at work?

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