The European Commission has adopted a new five-year strategy for health and safety at work to reduce occupational accidents and diseases in the EU by 25%. Occupational illness and accidents at work are a heavy burden on both workers and employers in Europe. Every year there are four million accidents at work which represent enormous costs for the European economy. The new 2007-2012 strategy sets out a series of actions to improve and simplify existing legislation and enhance its implementation through non-binding instruments such as awareness-raising campaigns and research. The Commission suggests that Member States offer employers economic incentives for the introduction of health and safety management schemes. Such incentives could include reduction in social contributions or insurance premiums.