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OSH Management Systems

Adapted from content excerpted from Better Work, a partnership of IFC and the International Labour Organization


Employers must ensure that the workplaces, machinery, equipment and processes under their control are safe and without risk to health. To fulfill this duty, employers should perform and record regular workplace assessments to identify hazards. These assessments should be developed in consultation with workers, who should be informed of the outcome. The employer should take subsequent action to eliminate or control risks to workers.

Employers also should encourage workers to report all accidents and injuries and use this information to prevent similar occurrences in future. All work-related accidents and diseases should be recorded and reported as required under national law.

A written OSH policy should be developed in consultation with workers and their representatives to clarify the different rights and responsibilities of management, supervisors and workers.

Workers should be given the opportunity to discuss OSH issues with management and to participate in decisions about their own health and safety. This may be done through worker safety delegates, worker safety and health committees, and/or joint worker/management safety and health committees. Employers must give worker representatives the information they need to participate actively in committees.

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