Croatia: Psychosocial risks mentioned in new health and safety at work legislation

A new law has introduced measures to protect people from stress at work in Croatia.

The Law on Occupational Safety (OG 71/14) came into force on 19 June 2014. It has a similar structure to the previous Law on Safety at Work adopted in 1996, which had undergone seven amendments.

This is the first time in Croatia that a law has introduced measures to protect workers from psychosocial risks (stress) and psychophysiological strain at work.

The act introduces a general principle of risk prevention and protection of health at work. It brings in rules on the elimination of risk factors, procedures for the training of workers and procedures for providing information and consultation.

The aim is to raise awareness of the issue of stress at work and encourage preventative action not only by employers but also by employees.

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