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The Belgian Legislation

Under this heading, you will find, on the left, some information about the Belgian legislation on well-being at work. This legislation encompasses a set of provisions on prevention and the protection of the safety and health of workers on their workplace, including the aspects pertaining to hygiene on the workplace and the psychosocial aspects at work (stress, violence, bullying and sexual harassment, among others).

The elaboration and enforcement of the Belgian legislation on well-being at work come under the remit of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, which transposes notably European directives and international agreements about well-being at work into Belgian law.

More information about this Belgian regulation can be found on the website of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue:

The Act on Well-being

The act of 4 August 1996 on well-being of workers in the performance of their work is, in Belgium, the fundamental law on this matter and concerns not only safety and health at work, but also every field related to well-being at work, especially psychosocial aspects, ergonomics, occupational hygiene and prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses.

This act, also known as the “Act on Well-being”, is the transposition of the framework directive 89/391/EEC on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work.

The website of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue provides the unofficial translation of the coordinate text of the Act on Well-being:Act of 4 August 1996 on well-being of workers in the performance of their work (PDF).

The text of the framework directive is available on the website of the European Union: Council Directive of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work (89/391/EEC)

The Code on Well-being at Work

The contents provisions of most enforcement decrees in the Act on Well-being, which are mainly a transposition of special European directives about the safety and health of workers, have been introduced in the Code on well-being at work.

The decrees in this Code are inspired by an innovative philosophy, compared to the one that inspired the “General regulations concerning protection at work” (ARAB/RGPT), the former codification of rules related to safety and health at work. The current regulations on well-being are based on instructions aiming to reach specific objectives, whereas the ARAB/RGPT principally contained detailed instructions about the means to implement. The Act on Well-being and the Code contain thus less detailed technical instructions.

A large part of the ARAB/RGPT has now been abrogated and replaced by the royal decrees that partly complete the Code. The ARAB/RGPT shall therefore soon completely disappear because the remaining provisions are also going to be integrated in the Code or, should it be impossible, removed.

The website of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue provides the unofficial translation of the coordinate text of the following royal decrees that partly complete the Code.