Common Principles

COMMON PRINCIPLES FOR LABOUR INSPECTION IN RELATION TO HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE – Committee of Senior Labour Inspectors (SLIC)

This new version results from the need to revise the document to take into account :

  • the experience of evaluations and other activities relating to enforcement of OSH legislation, and EU social legislation that has an impact on OSH, carried out by the SLIC in recent years,
  • the Strategic Framework on health and safety at work,
  • the results of the detailed ex-post evaluation of the EU acquis, checking their relevance as well as efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and EU added value, carried out by the Commission and
  • Commission Communication of the modernisation of the EU occupational safety and health legislation and policy.

While responsibility for the enforcement of EU law lies with Member States, SLIC plays a central role in promoting the correct and uniform, or at least equivalent, implementation and enforcement of EU OSH legislation. The aim of this document is to set out a number of Common Principles for health and safety inspection and thereby encourage a common approach to the implementation of legal requirements in the workplace and the adoption of comparable criteria by inspectorates in their enforcement policies and practices. This revision is structured in three main sections:
The Overview, which explains the current context of labour inspection in the European Union,
The Core Principles, whose adoption is vital in all states, and concentrates on the implementation and enforcement of EU legislation. They address the Council and Commission view that “the effective enforcement of EU law is a precondition for improving the quality of the working environment”,
The Developmental Principles, whose adoption is vital if MS are to embrace the broader aims of the EU Strategic Framework.
The evaluation of Labour Inspectorates will concentrate on the Core Principles, but will also examine progress towards the Developmental Principles.

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