Psychosocial Risks in Europe: National Examples as Inspiration for a Future Directive

7 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2022

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Aude Cefaliello

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: January 20, 2022

Abstract

Key points
• Psychosocial risks (PSR) are increasingly impacting all industries in every Member States. The effects of psychosocial risks can be longlasting and have both physical and psychological impacts on workers' lives (such as depression, musculoskeletal disorders or burnout).
• Employers are under and obligation to protect workers' safety and health in all aspects of work. Member States do not, however, share legally binding common standards and principles regarding
psychosocial risks. This results in unequal legal protection for workers.
• National examples of regulation of psychosocial risks show that effective legislation is possible. These examples can be a source of inspiration to (re)start the discussion to adopt a specific directive on psychosocial risks, which would establish common rules aimed at improving workers' safety and health and encouraging organisational prevention of these growing risks.

Keywords: psychosocial risks ; occupational safety and health ; EU law ; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Cefaliello, Aude, Psychosocial Risks in Europe: National Examples as Inspiration for a Future Directive (January 20, 2022). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Briefs 2021.06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4013359 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4013359

Aude Cefaliello (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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