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France: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

Consultant editors: Maxime Pigeon and Apolline De Noailly, Osborne Clarke


  • Employers are required to take certain measures to ensure workers' safety and protect their physical and mental health. (See General)
  • Employers and workers have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • Employers with 50 or more employees must set up a health and safety committee, and those with fewer employees must inform and consult workforce delegates on health and safety issues. (See Safety representatives)
  • The penalties for employers found in the courts to have breached health and safety legislation are fines and/or, in certain cases, imprisonment. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Employers must make contributions for their employees to the social security fund for workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. (See Compensation for injury or illness)