The Pillar goes beyond the current acquis by foreseeing a high level of
protection for workers from risks to health and safety at work. It
therefore urges Member States, but also employers, to go beyond the
minimum requirements laid down in the current acquis and to get as close
as possible to an accident-free and casualty-free working environment.
This does not mean only applying the rules, but also establishing
ever-improving health and safety policies with the help of tools such as
web-based tools to facilitate risk assessments, dialogue with workers
and workplace suppliers, all supported by guidance and feedback.
10b introduces two inter-related rights: first, it goes beyond the
protection of health and safety by affording workers the right to a
working environment adapted to their specific occupational
circumstances. Secondly, in accordance also with the principle of active
ageing, it recognises the need to adapt the working environment in
order to enable workers to have sustainable and longer working careers.
Certain adaptations, such as for example better lighting for carrying
out clerical work, may be necessary due to the worker’s age. In
addition, adjustments, such as more flexible working hours, may be
necessary to maintain older workers' health and well-being.
Pillar introduces as well the right to protection of personal data for
workers. The processing of personal data by the employer has always to
be based on a legal ground, normally performance of a contract,
compliance with a legal obligation or for the purposes of the legitimate
interest pursued by the employer, except where such interest are
overridden by the interest or fundamental rights of the worker.