Health and Safety at Work and Labour Law

Legislation in the fields of health and safety at work and labour law is contained in Annex XVIII of the EEA Agreement.

A number of directives setting out minimum health and safety requirements for the protection of workers have been adopted by the EU. This includes a Framework Directive with a wide scope of application as well as further directives focusing on specific aspects of safety and health at worksuch asexposure to dangerous substances or physical agents.

Labour law defines the rights and obligations of workers and employers in the workplace. EU labour law mainly focuses on working conditions (including working time, part-time and fixed-term work, and posting of workers) and information and consultation of workers (including in the event of collective redundancies and transfers of undertakings).

It is important to note that, in these areas, States may adopt stricter rules for the protection of workers and so legislative requirements in the fields of safety and health at work and labour law can vary across the EU/EEA.

See also:

DG Employment – Health and Safety at Work

DG Employment - Labour Law and Work Organisation

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Eurofound