Workplace health and safety training

7 April is UN World Health Day and one way employers can protect their employees' health and wellbeing at work is through regular training. We take a look at new training duties for employers in Italy, and the position in other countries.



In Greece, employers must provide information and training to workers at various stages of their employment (e.g., recruitment, change of duties, information on new equipment, etc.) on the risks associated with their duties. Employees must attend relevant seminars or other training programmes on health and safety issues.

Labour Law 4808/2021 recently incorporated Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization on violence and harassment in the workplace’ into Greek law’ and includes psychosocial dangers in the dangers related to employment.

Under it, employers must:


  • provide employees with information on the potential risks of violence and harassment in the workplace and on prevention and protection measures;
  • display and make accessible information on the procedures for reporting and dealing with this conduct, including contact details for the competent administrative and judicial authorities;
  • receive, investigate and handle any complaint or report with zero tolerance for violence and harassment, in a confidential manner, respecting human dignity and not obstruct any report or complaint;
  • provide assistance and access to any competent authority in the investigation of such an incident or conduct, if requested;
  • designate a contact person at company level, responsible for guiding and informing employees on how to prevent and deal with violence and harassment at work.


The new rules confirm the need to train and inform employees not only about physical but also about psychosocial work-related risks.

Written by: Tasos Marmaras

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