The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a method to raise awareness of how to make the workplace safe and healthy. In 2003 it was declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
Also on this day is the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organised worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.
Occupational Health & Safety Management System
We are all entitled to be able to do our jobs in a safe way and in a safe and healthy environment. The best way that an organisation can make sure that this happens is by having an Occupational Health & Safety management system.
The size and complexity of the system can vary, depending on the number of employees and the kinds of hazards of the workplace and the nature of the work performed.
Key elements of an OHS management system
- Policy and commitment.
- Implementation and operation.
- Measuring performance.
- Auditing and reviewing performance.
The benefits of an OHS management system
- Improved health and safety performance
With the correct OHS management system in place, your business will have an overview of every activity related to health and safety.
- Reduced cost associated with accidents and incidents
An OHS management system will help reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring which will, in turn, lower costs of dealing with them.
- Improved staff morale and confidence
If employees are aware that their health and safety is being looked after, confidence will improve leading to a more productive and efficient workforce.
- Lower insurance premiums
With an OHS system, the perceived risk of accidents, claims and costs is lower, and this may result in lower insurance premiums.
- Increased regulatory compliance
A proper OHS management system will help staff stay aware of current legal requirements improving regulatory compliance.
In the words of the ILO:
As we continue to live through a global health crisis and face ongoing OSH risks in the world of work, we must continue to move toward building a strong safety and health culture at all levels.