An examination of initiatives undertaken by Poland's Occupational Safety Council in the period 1990-98 to ensure the health and safety of workers in compliance with European/international standards. Chapter headings: Beginning of the road. Agencies of the EU [European Union]. European Court of Justice. Functioning of ILO [International Labor Organization] agencies. Contribution of the EU in the field of social affairs. Work in the context of papal encyclicals. Sketch of the EU legal system. Some ILO conventions in the area of occupational safety. Status of Polish ratification of the 1993 ILO convention on occupational safety. Status of Polish ratification of the 1993 ILO convention on occupational safety. Status of efforts in the field of occupational safety against the backdrop of European and International standards in 1997. Status of Polish law in the area of occupational safety and hygiene against the backdrop of directives from the EU, the ILO, and the European Social Chart in 1998.