Consider health and safety at work for domestic workers
The sector of home employment is, by nature, a sector in which the workers perform their activity in an isolated way. In this respect, aspects of health and safety at work are seldom taken into account, in particular in terms of accident prevention policies at work and risk situations, as the activity of the employee is performed within a private home.
- To have a better understanding of risk prevention in the home, when the employer’s home is also the workers’ workplace and when the professional risk factors for the workers may also be factors of domestic risks for the employer. Thus, the Commission must encourage Member States to ensure broad coverage of the public policies for health and safety at work and, through sharing good practices, to give more consideration to the sector.
- On this issue, EUROFOUND, the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions could complete a complementary study and draw up a list of the national studies available on the subject. This approach could be completed by combined work with the ILO, considering the lines related to the Convention no. 189 on domestic workers.
- Finally, actions, especially for prevention, should be undertaken with the support of the European Agency for Health and Safety at work (EU-OSHA).