The workers’ health protection as an element to build up trust in the institutions

Workers’ health protection is one of the major issues of EU-regulation. EU Social Pillar includes the right for employees all through the EU to a high level of protection of their health and safety at work. Also, EU law confirm that Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their professional needs. The Directive 89/391/EEC on Safety and Health at Work created the basis for a strong harmonization. It is a good example of the harmonisation of social systems through article 151 TFEU. It shall be researched to what extent the large EU-case law with regard to this issue is effectively linked to the development of a common approach towards health and safety at the work in the EU. The credibility of EU-institutions has suffered with regard to the social policy due to the austerity measures and their impact on collective bargaining issues. A stronger social policy however can be targeted through the example of the EU-role with regard to health and safety at the workplace.