This framework agreement negotiated in 2003 by the European social partners, which deals with issues such as the identification and prevention, the abolition or reduction of work-related burdens, as well as the responsibility of both employers and workers (and their representatives), will certainly help to combat this harmful and growing phenomenon which can potentially affect any job. Work-related expenses can be due to a number of factors such as work content, work organization, work environment, poor communication, etc. Under Framework Directive 89/391 on health and safety, all employers have a legal obligation to protect the safety and health of workers in the workplace. This obligation also applies to work-related stress problems when they pose a health and safety risk. When a work-related stress problem is identified, steps must be taken to prevent, eliminate or reduce them. This may include different measures that can be collective, individual or both. provide information and consultations with workers and/or their representatives in accordance with EU law and legislation, collective agreements and national practices. The framework agreement does not address violence, harassment and post-traumatic stress. Several chapters briefly describe the description of work-related stress/stress, the identification of work-related stress problems, the responsibilities of employers and workers, and the reduction and prevention of work-related stress problems.
The aim of the actors is to increase awareness and understanding of work-related stress. In addition, employers and workers have a framework to identify and prevent work-related problems. In 2004, the European Trade Union, the Union of Industry and Employers` Confederations of Europe, the European Association of Small and Medium-sized Craft Enterprises and the European Centre for Public Participation Enterprises and Enterprises of General Economic Interest signed the Framework Agreement on Work Stress.