The focus now seems to be on this topic,
following the European Commission’s publication of the "EU Strategic Framework for Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027"
in June 2021.
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
"Social dialogue as a tool for
promoting health and safety at work" is the subject of an opinion being
drawn up by the EESC at the request of the forthcoming French Council
Presidency in the first half of 2022.
The French authorities consider that
European initiatives have so far failed to provide sufficient impetus for
social dialogue in the field of health and safety at work and see the EESC's
forthcoming opinion as a contribution to the EU's work on the Strategic
Framework for Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027.
A public hearing was held in the expert panel for Employment, Social
Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) on 17 November 2021. Two panels discussed the
issues of meeting the challenges of a changing world of work and improving
social dialogue and its impact on the health and safety of workers in Europe.
Clémentine Braillon of the French Ministry
of Labour, Employment and Economic Inclusion, representing the French Council
Presidency, highlighted the promotion of solutions for workers with
disabilities as an example of France’s potential contribution with its
experience in the field of social dialogue.
Unsolicited opinion of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
The CoR is also currently dealing with the
EU Strategic Framework for Health and Safety at Work 2021 - 2027, presented by
the European Commission. With its unsolicited opinion, the CoR held a hearing
on 23 November with the intention of giving the issue a stronger regional and
local dimension. A working document prepared by the correspondent responsible
for the opinion, Sergio Caci (IT/EPP), is already available.
In his working paper, the correspondent
emphasises the role of local and regional authorities in implementing the
strategic framework 'on the ground'. Monitoring, training, building a culture
of prevention and protection of workers, cooperation through exchange of
experience and tried and tested methods, as well as identification and assessment
of problems with subsequent feedback are all approaches in which regions and
towns/cities could play a key role.
Cooperation between regional and local
authorities, the EU and the relevant national authorities, as well as with
other towns/cities and regions could promote progress in the field of health
and safety at work and help to build a culture of prevention.
As already pointed out by the correspondent
of the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,
Marianne Vind (MEP/S&D) in her draft report on the strategic framework (see report 10/2021), the CoR correspondent calls for a more
ambitious approach in individual areas of occupational health and safety.
example, he believes that the issue of health and safety at work should be
included in the EU regulation on artificial intelligence. With regard to health
and safety at work for the self-employed and the legislative proposal on
platform work expected in December, the correspondent points out.