National Programme 2017-2019


„Improvement of safety and working conditions” – phase IV (2017-2019)


Phase IV is the next stage of the National Programme for the Improvement of Safety and Working Conditions”. The Council of Ministers previously adopted Resolution No 117/2007 on 3 July 2007 for Phase I (2008-2010), Resolution No 154/2010 on 21 September 2010 for Phase II (2011-2013) and Resolution No 126/2013 on 16 July 2013 for Phase III (2014-2016).

Since 2008, the programme has fulfilled the role of a national strategy for creating proper working conditions that protect the life and health of workers.  




If the expected results are obtained, working ability will be increased by the following factors:  

  • a decrease in occupational risks which will prolong working life
  • improved work and life quality
  • more safety culture in working and life environments, which positively affects the number of work-related accidents and occupational diseases

The programme will permit the following:

  1. Increased efficiency of activities that prevent occupational hazards, which take into account the need to be able to work over an extended period of time.
  2. Improved OSH management in companies that includes age management.
  3. A modern approach to OSH and ergonomics in teaching curricula on all levels, and improved specialist competencies.
  4. Broadening the range of products manufactured by Polish PPE (Personal protective equipment) companies, to therefore improve user safety through new, significantly advanced products.
  5. Continued legislation and standardisation work to ensure the compliance of Polish law with EU OSH regulations, as well as the implementation of respective EU standards in Polish OSH standards.
  6. Development of a national system to assess the conformity of products and services with the requirements of EU directives.
  7. Poland’s continued active participation in European and international cooperation in research, as well as the exchange of OSH best practices and ergonomics.
  8. More efficient OSH promotional and informative activities, including the activities of the National Focal Point of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

The scope and methods for implementation and for promotional activities will be crucial to achieving the objectives of the programme. Therefore, and taking into account the structure of the economy (98% small and medium enterprises or SMEs), the involvement of government authorities and public bodies in the dissemination of the programme results is crucial for them to be put into practice. Further related activities should only be complementary and performed in parallel on three levels:  

  • Central – coordinated by the respective ministries in accordance with their scope of activities. Actions carried out at this level will support the measures aimed at improving working conditions in economic sectors that are highly important for national development, as well as in sectors with a particularly high risk of accidents. Dissemination among diverse stakeholders, including SME stakeholders will be carried out.
  • Social – conducted in cooperation with social partners and key Polish labour protection institutions. These activities will focus on the development of a safe conduct attitude as well as the education of selected groups of employers and employees, particularly from high risk sectors, as well as training for specialist staff.
  • Local – conducted at companies and aimed at selected groups of stakeholders. The activities will focus on the implementation of the programme results as a solution for reducing occupational risk or adapting working conditions to workers’ specific requirements, e.g. as a result of their age or disability. 

The results of the programme will be used and disseminated systematically within the five years following the completion of the programme. The results will contribute to a significant reduction in occupational risk related to exposure to harmful, dangerous and difficult workplace factors. It will affect the possibility of a longer, healthy working life. Improved health and safety will also result in a reduction of costs relating to occupational hazards that are incurred by the state and society.