New Delhi: Government on Monday favoured a statutory framework on occupational safety and health in workplace across all sectors of industrial activity including providing a system of incentives to employers and employees to achieve higher standards in the area.

"With a view to develop such a culture and to improve safety, health and environment at workplace, it is essential to provide a statutory framework on occupational safety and health in respect of all sectors of industrial activities," Labour and Employment Secretary Mrutyunjay Sarangi said.

New technologies and their application in workplace should also be studied to analyze their impact on health, he said while addressing the India-EU seminar on occupational safety and health here.

"Another area which needs attention is the biological risks arising out of the application of new technologies which can affect workers in many sector ranging from health care, waste management to biotechnology industry," the official said.

He felt restructuring, downsizing and outsourcing which has led to a change in employment pattern have "inevitably" had an impact on the working condition.

Talking about the working population in informal sector which lacks proper safety and health, he said this sector needs attention to ensure that safety and health measures are fully integrated with broader employment programmes for them.

Members of the 27 member European Union, ILO representatives, workers and employers representatives both from India and European Union are attending the two-day long seminar.