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Working Environment in the new EU Member State of Lithuania: Examining a ‘worst case’ example
University of Glasgow.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
University of Latvia.
2008 (English)In: Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, ISSN 1477-3996, Vol. 6, no 1, 3-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 Using recent survey data from Lithuania, it is suggested that post-communist countries such as Lithuania, admittedly a 'worst case' example, have specific legacies of serious health and safety problems. On a range of general health and occupational safety and health indicators, some three years after joining the European Union, Lithuania is currently a poor performer, and on key indicators the poorest in the European Union. Yet, formally, Lithuania has comprehensive health and safety legislation in line with EU requirements. Survey data suggest, however, a work regime of intensification and an absence of a participative working environment in which employees have a 'voice' in the safety management process. European-style legislative reforms appear to be having only limited positive measurable effects on health and safety performance. Moreover, the new EU occupational safety and health strategy for 2007 to 2012 fails to take account of the deteriorated working environments in the workplaces of post-communist new member states such as Lithuania.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UK: IOSH , 2008. Vol. 6, no 1, 3-29 p.
Keyword [en]
European enlargement, Lithuania, new member states, occupational safety and health policy
National Category
Law (excluding Law and Society)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56742OAI: diva2:321794
Available from: 2010-06-02 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2014-11-17

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