European Project on Health and Safety
The Social partners (EUPAE/TUNED) of the European Social Dialogue Committee for central government administrations (SDC CGA) carried out a significant EU-project from 2015 to 2017 on psychosocial risks (PSR) in public administrations.
In a context of work intensification, restructuring and ageing workforce, the EC-funded project sought to examine the scale and impact of PSR, particularly those associated with new technologies and third-party violence at the workplace, and discuss appropriate responses to those risks; risk assessment and chain of responsibility efficiency were identified as essential tools worth detailing throughout the project.
The project benefited from a bottom-up approach throughout its duration between November 2015 and May 2017 with the organization of two seminars, one on health risks associated to new technologies in Vilnius and the other on third-party violence in Madrid, and a final conference in Berlin that took place in March 2017 where the project outcomes were presented and discussed.
In total 80 people from 21 EU and applicant countries and Norway contributed to the project including EUPAE and TUNED delegates from a broad range of central government ministries and services such as labour inspectorates, tax administrations, employment services, prison services, HRM departments as well as officials from the national health and safety agencies and the European Commission.
You can here download the outcomes of the project:
Guide for Employees and Managers on tackling PSR. Whilst there are many guides around, it is the first one jointly produced by EU social partners for central governments. It informs on the scale and impact of PSR, the legal frameworks, lists of risk factors and risk assessments, collective agreements and case studies in a broad of range of services. It recommends an overall strategic approach including both collective and individual as well as preventive and curative measures supported by a social dialogue framework.
Short Animation Film to introduce the guide to a wider audience (2'52).
Detailed Mapping Research report which sets out the groundwork for the guide with more references and latest EU-wide data on PSR
Final Project Statement (adopted by the SDC CGA on 20 October 2017) : context, key outcomes, key challenges and follow-ups
About the EU Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government Administrations
The European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government Administrations (SDC CGA), which brings together trade union (TUNED) and employer (EUPAE) representatives from this sector, was founded in 2010 with the objectives of improving the functioning of administrations and standards on working conditions and promoting social dialogue at national and European levels.
EUPAE (European Public Administration Employers) consists, as of today, of 11 Member States (Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Czech Republic, UK and Slovakia) and 5 observer countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Malta, Portugal).
TUNED (Trade Unions' National and European Administration Delegation) brings together the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), which represent government employees in 27 of the 28 EU Member States.