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Document ID (ISN)110759
CIS number 10-0310
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Title Health and safety at work in SMEs: Strategies for employee information and consultation
Bibliographic information European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, Ireland, 2010. 67p. Illus. 14 ref.
Internet access Health_and_safety_at_work.pdf [in English]
Abstract The study on information dissemination and employee consultation in SMEs in the field of occupational safety and health was compiled on the basis of individual national reports in response to a questionnaire. SMEs employ over 66% of Europe's working population but account for 82% of all occupational injuries and about 90% of fatal accidents. The main reason for these unfavourable statistics is that SMEs lack the knowledge and resources to manage their working environment properly and to call in external expertise when needed. SMEs face a number of difficulties in complying with occupational safety and health (OSH) regulations owing to less awareness of the costs of non-compliance in terms of higher risks. Employee OSH representatives are frequently lacking, especially in smaller companies, making it more difficult to implement the participatory approach envisaged by the 1989 EU Framework Directive on health and safety. Consultation on changes to organization and working conditions, workplace learning opportunities and job security all contribute positively to improving employee information on OSH risks at work. One approach that appears promising when dealing with this gap is free counselling combined with discounts on insurance premium for those achieving substantive reductions in their accident rates, and territorial employee representatives.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; small enterprises; workers' participation; information dissemination; information of personnel
Descriptors (secondary) safety consultants; role of insurance institutions; occupational accidents; risk factors; fatalities; frequency rates; comment on directive
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Workers' participation