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The European Parliament adopted in Strasbourg a Report on Community Strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work

get cialis on line. Order himcolin benefits The high level of health at work is a key factor not only for the employees, but for the employers too. The most competitive economies have the best occupational health and safety records, according to the EP Report. The high levels of health and safety protection have a positive effect on public finances in terms of social security savings and higher productivity; but also results in higher competitiveness on the labour market.

Issues concerning health and safety at work are topical for Bulgaria. The standards in our country have not reached yet the European ones and the number of people suffering from occupational diseases is probably exceeding the statistical records.

Bilyana Raeva was the reporter in shade of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on the Community Strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work. After detailed consultations with European and Bulgarian organizations, she supported the Report’s fundamental target for an average of a 25% reduction in workplace accidents across the EU for the next 5 years. On this line, one of the major priorities is the support for the small and medium enterprises (SME) to reach this target.

The EP Resolution defines different risk groups – migrant workers, temporary agency workers, young and ageing workers and women, and defined the following sectors as risky – construction, fisheries, agriculture, transport. All of these groups and sectors present rates of occupational accidents and diseases which are much higher than the EU average. These conclusions are also valid for Bulgaria, and Bilyana Raeva supports additional aids as measures to improve the standards. The health and safety at work is becoming more and more an indicative factor for the quality of the investments of a country or of an industrial sector.

The Resolution draws the attention upon the comparatively new risks and diseases like musculoskeletal disorders, and it foresees a number of preventive measures in this field.

In the future, the Strategy will be taken in consideration, when preparing the EU legislative project on social security systems’ coordination in Europe.


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