Wellbeing at work in Belgium


What do we mean by "wellbeing at work"?

This is all legally defined in the Welfare Act and the Codex on Wellbeing at Work. These provide for:

  • safety at work
  • protection of employees' health
  • psychosocial aspects of work
  • ergonomics
  • occupational hygiene
  • improvement of workplaces

As an employer, it is very important that you are aware of these rules and that you ensure that they are observed. There are various organisations that assist you in this respect by, for example, offering training.

In companies with more than 19 employees, for example, it is compulsory to set up a Committee for Prevention and Protection at Work (CPPW). This includes a workers' and an employers' delegation and prevention advisers.

Why the topic of "wellbeing at work"?

I myself worked for 12 years as a salaried employee and was a member of the employee delegation in the CPPW for 10 years. Hence my interest in this topic. I would be happy to tell you more about the wellbeing of your employees at work.

  • What are your rights and obligations?
  • What are your employees' rights and obligations?
  • Who are the actors and what is their role in this story?


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Let's make it a pleasant working environment together!

See also my other blog, a healthy mind in a healthy body, under the heading "Food & Lifestyle". Because a healthy person is a happy person and happy people in the workplace make work more enjoyable! And they also perform better...

- Translated from Dutch by Tamara Swalef -