Manager HSE & Compliance - 2 years ago
Occupational Safety concerns:
• The worker
• The employer
• The government
Why Occupational safety?
–an employee need not be subjected to risk injury at work, nor others associated with the work environment.
Economic - poor occupational safety and health performance results in huge costs to the State (e.g.
through social security payments to the incapacitated, costs for medical treatment, and the loss of the "employability" of the worker especially in countries where the welfare of the citizens are taken as paramount to national development.
costs to employer in the event of an incident at work through payments e.g.
legal fees, fines, compensatory damages, investigation time, lost production, lost goodwill from the workforce, from customers and from the wider community).
Legal - without extra "encouragement" of potential regulatory action or litigation, many organizations would not act upon their implied moral obligations.
Importance of Occupational safety
It seeks to secure the health, safety and welfare of all persons at work and other persons who may be at risk as a result of activities at work.
It provides that employers maintain plants and systems that are reasonably and practicably safe, they ensure safe methods of handling, storing and transporting materials and also provide adequate induction, training and supervision in those methods.
It provides that employers must keep revised, written safety policy statement showing the arrangement and organization of their safety procedures.
These rules and procedures must be known to all employees.
It provides that employees are also required by law to cooperate in meeting statutory requirements and must not interfere with or misuse materials provided to secure health safety and welfare.
It ensures that Commission set up by government are empowered to make health and safety regulations or codes of practice for most industries and failure to observe any provision of practice may render an employer liable to prosecution.
Ensures regular compliance to standards and wide ranging powers are given to inspectors to ensure compliance with the regulations.
Occupational safety is very important and it is the joint responsibility of all: the government, the employer and the worker.