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20/12/2017

Executive Summary - From policy to practice: policies, strategies, programmes and actions supporting OSH in micro and small enterprises

Executive Summary - From policy to practice: policies, strategies, programmes and actions supporting OSH in micro and small enterprises

This report provides an overview of how occupational safety and health (OSH) can be supported in micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

MSEs face particular challenges when it comes to identifying and managing risks and implementing good OSH strategies. In the report, good examples from 12 different EU countries demonstrate how various intermediaries, authorities and OSH institutions can reach out to and support MSEs.

It is clear that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to ensuring the safety and health of workers in the smallest workplaces — a combination of different tools and initiatives, tailored to the specific needs of each enterprise, is likely to be most efficient and effective.

Much more needs to be done to improve OSH in MSEs, in most settings and sectors. Based on the examples presented in this report, recommendations for future policy development are made.

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