PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli emphasises the need for a collective approach in creating sustainable employment conditions which embrace the principles of prevention

Significant changes in today’s society necessitate more than ever collective, yet specific approaches to improve the health and safety of vulnerable workers. These include an ageing workforce, other new and emerging risks, increases in the number of migrant workers, and challenges posed by certain employment conditions.

Addressing a Tripartite Conference on Occupational Health and Safety entitled ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups’ as part of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, Minister Helena Dalli emphasised the need for a collective approach in creating sustainable employment conditions which embrace the principles of prevention.

Minister Dalli remarked that the Presidency of the Council of the EU provides a unique platform from which we can promote and raise awareness on the importance of safeguarding vulnerable groups.

The Minister referred to a recent communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the EESC, and the Committee of the Regions, which stresses the need for risk management measures in order to pay attention to specific risks faced by men and women, young and older workers, migrants and disabled persons, and necessitates the design of specific preventive and protective measures according to the requirements of those groups of workers.

Dr Dalli said that the link between work and the vulnerability of workers cannot be underestimated and requires the need to develop and implement specific policies, strategies, and programmes addressing specific challenges.

As governments we have the duty to provide the necessary framework and resources for ensuring healthier and safer workplaces, added Minister Dalli.

The Minister said that employers have the duty to ensure the health and safety of their workers and of any person that may be affected by the workplace, whilst workers have the duty to safeguard their own health and safety and that of others.

Certificates were presented at the conference to award winning organisations of the ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign 2016-17.

Source: Government of Malta