OHS Management Systems
Efforts in occupational health and safety management must aim to prevent industrial accidents and diseases, and at the same time recognise the connection between worker health and safety, the workplace, and the environment outside the workplace.
- Poor working conditions of any type have the potential to affect a worker’s health and safety.
- Unhealthy or unsafe working conditions are not limited to factories and can be found anywhere – whether the workplace is indoors or outdoors. For many workers, such as agricultural workers or construction workers, the workplace is outdoors and can pose many health and safety hazards.
- Poor working conditions can also affect the environment workers live in. This means that occupational hazards can have harmful effects on workers, their families, and other people in the community, as well as on the physical environment around the workplace.
Why is Occupational Health and Safety Important?
Work plays a central role in people’s lives, since most workers spend at least eight hours a day in the workplace, whether it is on a plantation, in an office, factory, etc. Therefore, work environments should be safe and healthy. Yet this is not the case for many workers. Every day workers all over the world are faced with a multitude of health hazards.