06/29/2011

OSH Management System: A tool for continual improvement

The report of the International Labour Organization (ILO) discusses the
application of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) for
the effective management of hazards and risks in the workplace. It has been
prepared to serve as background to the 2011 World Day for Safety and Health at
Work campaign.

During the last decade, the approach of OSHMS has become popular and has been
introduced in both industrialized and developing countries. The ways for
promoting its application vary from legal requirements to voluntary use.
Experience shows that OSHMS is a logical and useful tool for the promotion of
continual improvement of OSH performance at the organization's level. Key
elements for its successful application include ensuring management commitment
and active participation of workers in the joint implementation. It is expected
that more and more countries integrate OSHMS in national OSH programmes as a
means to strategically promote the development of sustainable mechanisms for
OSH improvements in the organizations.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)