The challengeWith the political and economic transition, occupational safety and health (OSH) in CEE has been moving from a regulatory and compensatory approach to prevention of work accidents and occupational diseases. The key challenge remains to build a preventative culture in the field of safety and health at work, and to build up modern labour inspectorates that can anticipate, define and prevent emerging risks.
The second and the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020/early 2021 hit Central and Eastern Europe particularly hard. The topic of occupational safety and health gained additional importance as governments, employers, and trade unions wanted to keep many of the companies open while still preventing the virus from spreading at the workplace. The pandemic called for a new way of living and working through strengthened health and safety measures at workplace, adaption of work arrangements, and management of stress and other psycho-social risks.
Main interventions offered
- Support in development of a national OSH Programme, including the alignment of national OSH systems with ILO Conventions and EU directives
- Enabling of social partners to conduct risk assessments and to implement practical safety measures at the enterprise level, with a focus on hazardous sectors
- Supporting labour inspectorates and social partners to better enforce labour law and OSH laws at the workplace
- Promotion of a preventative, safety and health culture at work.