Occupational Health and Safety

For UEL, occupational health and safety (OSH) is part at large of corporate social responsibility and in the current context of Covid-19, this is all the more important. That is why the chambers and federations member of UEL, together with health services, have developed various tools to help companies put in place adequate measures to protect employees returning to work in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.

Corporate culture arises from a comprehensive risk prevention strategy and is key to economic competitiveness, increases productivity, maintains and even wins new markets. It is implemented and supported by the CEO who raises employee’s awareness and motivation to embrace the corporate strategy.

In order to sustainably promote excellence and the transfer of know-how in terms of management and monitoring in the areas of health and safety in the workplace, UEL, through INDR, has regularly organised since 2008 a comprehensive set of events dedicated to health and safety in the workplace, in partnership with the Accident Insurance Association (AAA) and ArcelorMittal. Reference partners joined this initiative: the Occupational and Environmental Health Division, the Inspection of Labour and Mines, Building Sector Training Institute (IFSB) and Lalux. In 2016, the UEL, the INDR and the AAA initiated the national VISION ZERO strategy with a view to continuously and sustainably reduce the number and severity of workplace accidents and occupational diseases.


National actors signed on March 24, 2016, a national charter “VISION ZERO” to reinvigorate the safety and health at work, which is declined in three objectives for the period 2016 to 2022:

  • awareness of decision-makers, safety representatives, and more generally all employees and other stakeholders involved of the benefits of a systemic or even integrated approach to occupational safety and health,

  • a 20% decrease in the national frequency rate, across all sectors, of work-related accidents compared to 2014 (frequency rate of 5.37%), with a special focus on the highest risk sectors,

  • in the medium and long term, the objective of the “VISION ZERO” remains the continuous reduction in the number of serious and fatal accidents, that is to say zero deaths, zero serious injuries.

The signatories of the national charter VISION ZERO are: the Ministry of Social Security, the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform, the Ministry of the Interior, the national unions CGFP, LCGB and OGBL as well as the initiators of the charter, the AAA, UEL and INDR. Companies can engage individually in the national VISION ZERO strategy and introduce an action plan. A customisable space is available to them.


Commute, let's make it safe!

Since the presentation of its study on workplace accidents in 2002, the UEL notes a steady decline in work-related accidents, with the frequency rate per 100 full-time employees decreasing from 11.08 in 2000 to 6.28 in 2010. However, while the overall trend of accidents at work is on the decline, this is not the case for the proportion of commuting and mission accidents that has increased significantly during this period. In fact, one in four accidents at work is attributable to a traffic collision. Depending on the year, one in two fatal workplace accidents is due to a car accident.

On the basis of these findings, the UEL, together with national actors involved in the prevention of road accidents, launched in 2004 and then in 2012, a vast information and awareness campaign aimed at companies with the objective of reducing the number of commuting and mission accidents. The success of such campaigns depends not only on the collaboration of the companies, but also of the employees, the first concerned by this issue, to develop a better awareness of the risks associated with driving. Conducted under the banner TRAJET, secure it! (COMMUTE, let’s make it safe!), these campaigns are part of the sustainable development policy pursued by the employers’ organisations and materialised by the adoption of a charter by the UEL on 31 October 2003. The UEL is also a signatory of the European road safety charter.

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