The European Commission is helping the Balkan countries to prepare their membership to the European Union. This membership will not only complete the European Union, but it will also help this region that has gone through a difficult and painful period. The furniture industry in the European Union is one of the most open industries. Trade exchanges and cooperation have not only become an established habit, they are also the means and a necessity for the industry to maintain its leading position on world level. Welcoming and assisting the industry in candidate countries has therefore become a well recognized priority. In the furniture industry in the European Union, health and safety are one of the major concerns of both employers and workers. This is reflected in the work program of the social partners of the European Social Dialogue Committee Furniture which year after year includes actions to support and ameliorate the situation in the field. Legislative authorities have enacted a whole series of legislative measures to create a legal framework to assure the health and safety of the workers in many different areas. On national, regional and local level, organizations of employers and workers, national and local authorities, schools, technical centers and last but not least companies dedicate a lot of effort to comply with these legislations and to continuously improve the health and safety on the work floor. The purpose of the FACTS III project that has partners amongst employers organizations and workers organizations on both European level and in the candidate countries is to exchange and share the experience of EU Member States in this field with those candidate countries.
The auditing tools below are subdivided in three areas : = Product Development = Environment = Health & safety