EU Directives on safety and health at work

March 16, 2017

Work%20injury54thA directive is a legal act provided for in the EU Treaty. It is binding in its entirety and obliges Member States to transpose it into national law within a set deadline.

Article 153 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union gives the EU the authority to adopt directives in the field of safety and health at work. The Framework Directive, with its wide scope of application, and further directives focusing on specific aspects of safety and health at work are the fundamentals of European safety and health legislation.  Member States are free to adopt stricter rules for the protection of workers when transposing EU directives into national law. Therefore, legislative requirements in the field of safety and health at work can vary across EU Member States.

Directives per topic:-

The OSH Framework Directive;

Workplaces, equipment, signs, personal protective equipment;

Exposure to chemical agents and chemical safety;

Exposure to physical hazards;

Exposure to biological agents;

Provisions on workload, ergonomically and psychosocial risks  and

Sector specific and worker related provisions

In addition to the Framework Directive, a series of individual directives focusing on specific aspects of safety and health at work were adopted. Nevertheless, the Framework Directive continues to apply to all areas covered by the individual directives. Where individual directives contain more stringent and specific provisions, these special provisions prevail.