The Company & Staff Institutions
Safety, Hygiene & Working Conditions
A French law dating from December 23, 1982 obliges all companies employing 50 people or more to set up a "Hygiene, Safety and Working Conditions" Committee (CHSCT).
As laid down in article L. 236-2 of French Labour Law, the said Committee is supposed to:
- Help ensure the health and safety of staff, including temporary employees
- Help improve working conditions, notably by:
- a) facilitating access by women to all posts
- b) dealing with problems linked to maternity and motherhood
- Ensure that legal and regulatory provisions are respected
- Analyse workplace risks to which employees may be exposed
- Analyse working conditions
- Study workplace risks to which pregnant women may be exposed
- Carry out workplace inspections at regular intervals
- Carry out investigations into workplace accidents or work-related ailments
- Help promote preventive measures to avoid workplace risks
- Propose preventive measures and initiatives
- Give its opinion on the company’s in-house regulations
- Be consulted in advance of any important organizational decision liable to have an effect on hygiene, safety or working conditions
- Be consulted on decisions involving the return to work, or the maintenance in their posts, of employees who are handicapped or who have suffered work-related accidents.
Two SNJ activists were elected members of the CHSCT at AFP in June 2009, for a two-years term : Dominique Savary, from the Horse Racing service, and Boris Cambreleng, from the Society service.
The above information is drawn from the basic "Livret du Journaliste" (Journalist’s Handbook) which is provided to all paid-up members of the SNJ.