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European Commission presents the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Commission flanks the European Pillar of Social Rights with a number of further concrete legislative and non-legislative initiatives . The following topics/areas are covered: the work-life balance  of working parents and carers, the information of workers , the access to social protection  and the working time .

The explanatory fiches on the 20 principles of the European Pillar sets out the ambition to go beyond the actual acquis, fostering a high level of protection for workers from occupational safety and health (OSH) risks. Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their specific occupational circumstances and in accordance with the principle of active ageing, there is also a need to adapt the working environment to enable workers to have sustainable and longer working careers.  

EU-OSHA is seen as playing a key role in helping micro-enterprises and SMEs comply with OSH rules, by further fostering the development of relevant OSH e-tools. The Healthy Workplaces Campaigns are also seen as EU-OSHA’s essential contribution to collection and dissemination of good practice and experience sharing, with special reference in the document to the Healthy Workplaces campaign 2018-19 focused on dangerous substances, which, among other things, will support Commission’s efforts to fight occupational cancer.  

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