REGIONAL STUDY – SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK

This Study unites the studies of several countries in the Western Balkan region, prepared in 2018, including Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro, regarding the safety and health systems at work. The purpose of this Regional Study is to link and benchmark the systems of occupational safety and health, comparing national characteristics, positive benefits, and existing deficiencies. In one place it can be obtained information on the national characteristics of the Western Balkan countries, and it can be compared which of the countries indicated, made implementation of the international and European occupational safety and health standards and thus creating a preventive culture in the workplace.

The Regional Study is intended for practitioners and implementers of occupational safety and health, for analysts, students, business community, NGO sector, governments, as well as for any citizen who wants to become familiar with the regional situation and to contribute to development of the system of safety and health at work, both nationally and regionally.

By analysing and unifying the conclusions and recommendations of the national studies, this regional study provides a unique way, overview of what has been achieved so far and in which direction the region is moving in terms of safety and health at work, bearing in mind the European Union 89/391 framework directive on safety and health at work of the. In this way, for the first time in the region, it is possible comparatively, in one place to get a complete picture of the situation, problems and challenges of the OSH system, but also to reach the vision for future development in the field of occupational safety and health.

Through the study conclusions, arise the need for adopting a strategy implementation and development of OSH system, as well as further deep networking and joint action of civil society organizations, State Institutions and media at the regional level.

Naturally, this process of analysing and comparing occupational health and safety conditions, as well as the consequences of non-implementation, must be currently collected, analysed and studied so that we can create workplaces that will be tailored to the individual, not vice versa.

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