Occupational Health and Safety

The well-founded dogmas of moral ethics have supported the embodiment of occupational health and safety standards in various organizations. Every employee in an organization suffers the risk of injury at work, and has strong arguments favoring the issue. Their health and safety should be a matter of concerns for the employers.

Essentially occupational health and safety is considered as interdisciplinary area, which is associated with safety, health and welfare of occupied people or employees. On the other side, this phenomenon may also help to save the family members, co-workers, customers, employers, suppliers, nearby communities, and other such people who are affected directly or indirectly by the environment of workplace.

An important factor contributing to establishment of occupational health and safety measures is government’s realization that if the standards of occupational safety and health are poor this would affect their performance and ultimately cost the State. For instance making social security payments to the incapacitated and costs for medical treatment.

Occupational health and safety also ensures that the employing organizations bears the expenses like fines, legal fees, lost goodwill from the workforce, compensation for damages, in the event of an incident at work.

What is actually occupational health and safety?

Well the terminology differs in meaning from state to state. However, in general there are three elements which comes under consideration while conceptualizing the standards of health and safety:

Hazard – A thing that can harm if not controlled on time. It normally represents the direct as well as indirect degradation, permanent or volatile, of the mental, physical, or social wellness of an employee.
Risk – The probability that the hazard would cause harm. This is either estimated mathematically or expressed as high, medium, or low.
Outcome – The impact of the uncontrolled hazard. It is considered to be the musculoskeletal disorders.

Legislations

The occupational health and safety standards are generally incorporated in civil law and criminal law. Moreover, it has been well-accepted fact that in absence of necessary commendation of potential regulatory action or legal action, most of the organizations would avoid this moral obligation.

The contemporary legislations for safety and health in an organization typically necessitate assessment of risk, which is carried out before committing an intervention. Nevertheless it is imperative to record and review it occasionally and most importantly when there is an evident change in the working patterns.

Latest Article: Mental Health

The concept of mental health leaves most people to believe that it only applies to those with a mental illness.  This is not the case, however, as many underlying and outside factors can be a large contributor to everyone’s mental health.  While not all of us need the assistance of a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help us function in our daily lives, the idea of needing...

Related Articles: