Project title:

POOSH – Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers: Depicting the existing and future challenges in assuring decent working conditions and wellbeing of workers in hazardous sectors


Project period:


1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018


Funded by:

This project has received financial support from the European Union, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014- 2020). For further information please consult:






  • Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Lead Beneficiary (Slovenia)
  • European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Austria)
  • Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy)
  • Scoala Nationala de Studii Politice si Administrative (Romania)
  • University of Rostock – Chair of Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (Germany)


Associated partners:

  • Ministry of Labour and Pension System of the Republic of Croatia (Croatia)
  • Labour Inspectorate of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue (Belgium)
  • Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Legno Edili e Affini (Italy)
  • European Trade Union Institute (Belgium)
  • Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Republic Slovenia (Slovenia)
  • CONECT Association for Employment, Dialogue and Migration (Romania)


Project description:

The occupational safety and health of posted workers is regulated by Article 3 of the Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of provision of services and is inextricably linked to the assurance of decent labour or working conditions. A posted worker is a worker who, for a limited period, carries out his/her work in the territory of a Member State other than the State in which he/ she normally works (Article 2 of the Directive 96/71). In most cases, serious infringements in matters of occupational safety and health go hand in hand with underpayment, excessive working time, lack of rest periods, lack of preventive measures, non- compliance with regulations concerning social security and health insurance and underestimating the challenges concerning occupational safety and health in culturally and ethnically diverse workspaces. This inevitably leads to higher prevalence of work-related accidents, especially in high-risk, hazardous sectors and can have short-term and long-term effects (i.e. burnouts, disabilities, chronic conditions) on the health of posted workers.


Main Objectives:

  • Enhancing transnational cooperation between national competent bodies, social partners and NGO’s concerned with the occupational safety and health and labour or working conditions of posted workers, with the aim of exchanging best practices experience, discuss possible forms of further cooperation, improve cooperation via the IMI system, facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to better monitoring and response to violations of labour rights and develop policy recommendations.
  • Improving access to information on decent labour or working conditions and occupational safety and health of posted workers.
  • Providing comprehensive research on occupational safety and health related vulnerabilities of posted workers and regulatory protection in place in nine EU countries covered in the project. Research team will also gather and systematically review the existing sources on labour or working conditions and occupational safety and health of posted workers in the EU.


Main target groups: 

  • Public authorities/ administrations: ministries, labour inspectorates
  • Social partners: trade unions, employers’ association, individual employers
  • Posted workers
  • Other stakeholder: non-governmental organisations, national health insurances


Activities and expected result:

  • Cooperation: 1 transnational conference, 3 joint visits, 1 roundtable, 4 project meetings, 5 national training/ capacity building workshops
  • Information-sharing activities: OSH e-observatory, online information-sharing platform, educational and informational materials in 11 languages, 4 awareness raising media events
  • Research: 9 national case studies and a comparative final report, 5 academic articles


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