The European Commission has adopted the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027

The new EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027, was adopted on 28 June. This new strategy sets out the key priorities and actions necessary for improving workers’ health and safety over the coming years in the context of the post-pandemic world. One of its key areas of focus is changes to the traditional work environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how crucial occupational health and safety (OSH) is for protecting workers’ health, for the functioning of our society, and for the continuity of critical economic and social activities.

In this context, the EU Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers’ health and safety over the coming years.


The update of the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work for 2021-2027 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Commission Work Programme for 2021. The European Pillar of Social Rights underlines in its principle 10 that “workers have the right to a high level of protection of their health and safety at work”.