Answer to Written Question: Need for health protection measures at the workplace

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Schmit

on behalf of the European Commission


1. In the context of the Committee of the Senior Labour Inspectors[1], general information related to national enforcement activities on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is transmitted to the Commission by Member States on an annual basis. The disclosure of this information is subject to the agreement of the Member State.

2. There is a large body of EU legislation in the area of OSH. This acquis applies to all workplaces in the EU. It is however primarily for the competent national authorities to ensure proper enforcement of national legislation transposing completely and correctly EU law and to take action if necessary. The Commission considers that proper and effective enforcement is crucial to ensure that appropriate preventive and protective measures related to the prevention of risks to health and safety at work are fully implemented at the workplace. In its Communication on the guidelines on seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak[2], the Commission invites the Members States to strengthen field inspections as to ensure the proper application of the OSH norms.

3. The Commission conducted a survey on the national legal provisions of Member States regarding the recognition of COVID-19 as occupationally related. In all Member States this possibility now exists. The Commission provided guidance to national statistical authorities for capturing the COVID-19 related data[3] in the statistics linked to the OSH. The data for the reference year 2020 will be available in the second half of 2022.

[1] 95/319/EC: Commission Decision of 12 July 1995 setting up a Committee of Senior Labour Inspectors. OJ

L 188, 09/08/1995 P. 0011 – 0013.

[2] C(2020) 4813 final.


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