THE SPANISH STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK
The Strategy has been agreed with all the social partners and autonomous regions after an
extended process of social dialogue. Together with the Government, these agents are the
members of the National Commission for Safety and Health at Work.
The Council of Ministers approved the Spanish Strategy on Safety and Health at Work,
presented by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, in its meeting on 29 June 2007. The
previous day it had been accepted by the National Commission for Safety and Health at
Work. The presentation fulfils the President of the Government’s commitment in his
investiture speech in April 2004 to develop a plan to reduce the number of accidents at work
and occupational illnesses.
To achieve this objective, in February 2005 the Round Table on Social Dialogue for the
Prevention of Occupational Risks agreed to promote a Spanish Strategy on Safety and Health
at Work. This initiative was supported by the autonomous regions.
Subsequently, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs presented the Action Plan for
Improving Safety and Health at Work and Reducing Occupational Accidents, which was
approved by the Council of Ministers in April of the same year. It included the document
entitled "Towards a Spanish Strategy on Safety and Health at Work".
Since then the Government has introduced a number of measures aimed at achieving the
objectives set out in the Strategy, and has continued to maintain dialogue with the social
partners and autonomous regions to agree a text. This has been supported by the National
Commission for Safety and Health at Work.
The Spanish Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012 is the instrument for
establishing the general policy framework for the prevention of occupational risks in the
short and, above all, medium and long term. Its aim is to give a coherent and rational
structure to the occupational safety and health measures developed by all the significant
actors in the prev