The Organizational Importance of Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational health and safety (OHS)—also commonly referred to as occupational safety and health (OSH), occupational health or workplace health and safety (WHS)—is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people at work.
OHS applies to any work activities conducted by the employer (or on behalf of the employer) that may constitute an OHS-related risk to employees, contractors, suppliers and visitors (any member of the public at any location in which they are exposed to employer activities).
Attention to health and safety is not just about being socially responsible—it also makes good business sense. You should regard it as just as important as the achievement of any other key business objective.
If materials, equipment and operational procedures are incorrectly handled during work, potential adverse effects to employees and the company could arise—such as the development of occupational illnesses, an increase in absenteeism, a reduction in productivity and an increase in insurance costs.
Accordingly, the purpose of this article (along with the companion presentation) is to introduce the key concepts of occupational health to employers and employees—and help them become aware of occupational health hazards and remedial measures, dangers and factors
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