Safety and welfare

Welfare at work is a very broad notion that covers a whole series of areas, such as:

Employer’s obligations

All employers are obliged to promote the welfare of the employees in their company. This involves risk prevention, measures for collective and personal protection and also worker training and the provision of information to workers.

Employers must consult an internal or external service for prevention and protection at work to identify the risks facing workers. Its task is to make a risk assessment and organise medical supervision for workers.

Legislation

The Welfare ActExternal link (Act of 4 August 1996 on the welfare of workers when carrying out their work) is the basis for the legislation on health and safety at work. In addition to this act, implementing decrees have been enacted. These provisions are brought together in the Welfare at Work CodeExternal link.

Types of action

There are various types of action that workers can take to deal with a workplace health, safety or welfare issue. In the first instance, workers can consult the support person or the prevention adviser of the designated workplace prevention and protection department in their company. If the problem persists, they can contact the regional department of the Directorate-General for Supervision of Welfare at Work that is responsible for the employer.

You can find more information about all aspects of welfare at workExternal link on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue.

You can find the legislation on welfare at workExternal link on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue.