10, a resolution about the "New EU strategic framework for
health and safety at work beyond 2020" was adopted in the European
Parliament in Strasbourg. The report from Marianne Vind (S&D/DK), a member of the European Parliament (MEP), was
adopted by a clear majority (551 votes in favour, 30 against,110 abstentions).
Requests sent to the European legislators
demands of the Members of the European Parliament sent to the EC are to further strengthen how worker’s
health and safety are being protected. It also calls for improved workplace
protection for workers during any future public health crises. This is a direct
effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and is based on prevention ideas. Another
demand is the need to update the rules for teleworking, including the right to
A rising number of mental illnesses in Europe
states should develop national preparedness plans as part of their national
occupational health and safety strategies through integrating mental health
protection. Special attention should be paid to the mental health of workers,
including those involved in healthcare and other essential workers.
Right of non-availability
was asked to take seriously the previously adopted resolution of January 2021 about the "Right to be
unavailable" in order to increase the prevention of workplace risks such
as anxiety, depression, burnout and stress.
Reducing occupational accidents through prevention
EC should prepare a roadmap for reducing occupational accidents and fatalities.
The objective here should be to attain Vision Zero, i.e. to completely avoid
occupational accidents. MEPs are also calling for a much
stronger focus on prevention strategies such as strengthening industrial
inspectorates, national health and safety services and social partner
dialogues. Consideration should also be given to ageing workforces, employees
with chronic illnesses, and the need to adapt workplaces to meet the needs of
employees with disabilities. The need to protect caregivers also plays a special
Health care workers come into focus
particular, the protection given to health sector employees who are exposed to
hazardous substances must be improved. This needs to be implemented quickly
within the healthcare sector. Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Employment and
Social Rights, stressed in the political debate that prevention is the key and
no one should suffer work-related illnesses or accidents. He also mentioned the
initiatives about hazardous substances and told everyone that the EC is already
planning its next proposal for revising exposure limits for specific substances
and will also propose revising the limits for another 25 substances by the end
of the year.