The article offers a critical evaluation of the rules concerning health and safety at work for temporary and agency workers according to the definition under Article 1, Directive 91/383/EEC. Italian legislation is analyzed by reviewing first of all its conformity with European law standards and, secondly, by adopting a comparative perspective (especially with French legislation). The aim of the article is to evaluate whether the standards of protection provided for by the new Italian legislation (legislative decree No. 81/2008) for temporary and agency workers offer an effective protection against the higher risks those workers are exposed to.
Keywords: Health and safety at work; Temporary work; Directive 91/383/EEC; Legislative decree No. 81/2008; Work organization; Risk assessment.