What is Occupational Safety and Health

Broadly, occupational safety and health is fundamentally concerned with the interrelationship of people at work, the work they undertake, and the working environment, including work organisation. OSH encompasses the effects of the working environment on the health and wellbeing of the worker as well as the influence of a worker’s state of health (physical and mental) on their ability to perform the tasks for which they are employed (see Figure 1). This figure encompasses all the interrelations which can have positive and negative impacts on workers’ health and well-being.

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At CErgOSH, staff have a broad understanding of the concept of occupational safety and health which includes the:

  • direct environment and conditions workers are exposed to while at work,
  • organisational context and the actors’/players’/decision-makers’ participation in designing and planning the production and work processes, as well as
  • the external context of the organisation and the national strategies and efforts to influence occupational safety and health.

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