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Workshop 3 : Health and Safety issues
a) no additional bureaucratic burdens
b) easily understood legislation
c) preparation of guidance in implementation
d) dissemination of information-easily accesible information
– Prime motivator should be the knowledge that improving health and safety is integral to business risk management, while benefits include a mix of both tangible and intangible benefits, such as maintenance of reputation, client requirements, controlling insurance premium costs, reduction in absence rates as well as general improvements in health and safety.
Questions that need to be answered:
The workshop included persons from private organisations, public and NGO's.
A discussion took place about the relationship between employers and employees and what is and what is not construed at law as a contract of employment.
As the business environment is changing so are risks. New risks are emerging that must be taken care of.
Stress and other mental illnesses are also an issue that need to be addressed but the OHSA is not getting involved in these because of limited resources.
All participants agreed that there is a need for greater awareness and training in health and safety matters.
Some participants argued that they have done everything possible to make the environment at work as healthy and safe as possible but the culture of the employees is one where they do not follow instructions and wear equipment. It is difficult to fire workers that do not follow health and safety rules becuase some of the workers are difficult to replace. Everytone agreed that a culture change among workers was necessary.
It was also clear that health and safety matters is not high on the agenda of business people. They perfer to discuss matters such as access to finance, marketing, cutting red tape and bureaucracy and so on.
Resources are required to implement health and safety at work. Micro and small organisations found it difficult to allocate resources to this subject.
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