The European Commission’s Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027 defines the key priorities and actions for improving workers’ health and safety, addressing rapid changes in the economy, demography and work patterns.
The Strategic Framework takes a tripartite approach — involving EU institutions, Member States, social partners and other stakeholders — and focuses on three key priorities:
- anticipating and managing change in the context of green, digital and demographic transitions;
- improving the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases, and striving towards a Vision Zero approach to work-related deaths;
- increasing preparedness to respond to current and future health crises.
Implementing the framework — a key role for EU-OSHA
The success of the framework depends on its implementation at EU, national, sectoral and enterprise levels, with effective enforcement, social dialogue, funding, awareness-raising and data collection being key. Through its extensive network of partners, EU-OSHA is well placed to facilitate action, cooperation and exchange, and deliver on the ambitions of the framework.
EU-OSHA’s foresight studies and overview projects aim to anticipate risks and identify priorities, to inform the development of OSH practice and policy in areas such as digitalisation and green jobs, and stress and psychosocial risks. EU-OSHA also provides easy-to-use resources to help workplaces put prevention into practice, with a wealth of guidance being produced to help keep workers safe during the pandemic, whether exposed on the frontline or adapting to working from home. Its involvement in the Roadmap on Carcinogens and its Healthy Workplaces campaigns demonstrate the Agency’s commitment to promoting a culture of prevention across Europe and beyond, a cornerstone of EU OSH policy.