THE CHANGING STRUCTURE AND CONTENTS OF THE EMPLOYER'S LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK IN POST-INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS
Report to the International Congress of Occupational Health, Plenary session, Milan, 14th June 2006.
The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 14 giugno 2006
Pubblicato in Atti del convegno International Congress of Occupational Health, Plenary session, Milan, 14th June 2006; e in (2006) 22 International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, pp. 603-613.
The structure of employers’ juridical responsibility for workers’ health and safety has undergone several transformations in the passage from industrial to post-industrial system, i.e. from a system essentially focused on the production of material goods to a system essentially focused on the production of immaterial goods: information, new ideas, projects, services, design, and so on. The report outlines the main changes in the structure of this juridical responsibility.
1. The enlargement of the labour law application area in the post-industrial system.
2. The enormous growth of differences in productivity between workers and its consequences on the employer’s safety obligation.
3. Depressive disorders as a typical professional risk in the post-industrial system and the employer’s prevention responsibility.
4. Harassment in the work-place as a typical pathologic consequence of the de-standardization of jobs. The specific employer’s prevention responsibility in this field.
5. A conclusive remark.