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Comparative study on safety and health at work in the personal and household services sector

How is occupational safety and health at work in the Personal and Household Services (PHS) sector regulated in the EU? What was the situation of PHS workers regarding safety and health at work during the COVID pandemic?

The Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic of the University of Amsterdampublished a comparative study on safety and health at work in the personal and household services sector in Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands for the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI).

The report first examines the definition of personal and household services, followed by an investigation of the main characteristics of this sector of employment. Then, the comparative study analyses international and domestic legislation, policy measures, best practices, and different initiatives introduced and implemented in each country.

Read the report for the full set of findings

Find out more information on the topic in EU-OSHA's discussion paper on Well-being at work in the service voucher sector in Belgium

Improving the safety and health of workers in Belgium’s personal and household services

With more than one million clients in Belgium (1 quarter of households) the Service Voucher sector (also named personal and household services sector at the EU level), has become essential since its creation in 2004. However, workers have recently faced more and more occupational safety and health (OSH) issues.

A new discussion paper provides an overview of these OSH challenges and includes recommendations to improve workers’ wellbeing, including training and good practices.

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