Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut Dutch Partner in EU study on Worker Participation in the Management of Occupational Safety and Health

7 August 2015

Jan Popma, senior researcher at the Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut, has joined a team of socio-legal experts to conduct a study on Worker Participation in the Management of Occupational Safety and Health.

The project was issued by the EU Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Bilbao), and is meant to provide EU-OSHA with a better understanding of the role and effectiveness of the involvement of workers and their representatives in workplace health and safety arrangements in Europe. Also the project aims to assess how to improve and enhance this engagement in the rapidly changing workplace environments experienced in the member states of the EU. The study will cover the situation in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Baltic States, Greece, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Jan was approached by the coordinator of the project, the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC), to act as researcher to provide evidence on the Dutch situation, as he has written extensively on the subject of worker participation in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of team, Jan will write a report on the Dutch situation relating to:

  • The legal provisions on worker representation in the field of OSH
  • The current labour relations system and its effect on worker representation in OSH
  • Current experiences with worker participation at the company level

Next to analysing the regulatory regime and OSH statistics, Jan will also conduct case studies in some 20 companies, selected from participants to the earlier ESENER-study conducted by EU-OSHA. Finally, he will contribute to the cross-national comparison of the findings in the multi-national research team.

The final report is due in the spring of 2017.


Published by  Hugo Sinzheimer Institute