“Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace that does not have serious hazards, and that follows all occupational health and safety standards.”
According to ILO data, there are approximately 2.78 million work-related deaths every year, of which 2.4 million are related to occupational diseases. This work-related death is associated with costly impact for enterprises, countries, and the world. The losses in terms of compensation, lost workdays, interrupted production, training and reconversion, and healthcare expenditure represent around 3.94 percent of world’s annual GDP. For employers, they also face costly early retirements, loss of skilled staff, absenteeism and high insurance premiums.
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Many of work-related death and illness, however, can be prevented. To reduce, prevent, and eliminate the cause, ILO suggested employers making changes in working conditions rather than just relying on masks, gloves, earplugs or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE). Switching to safer chemicals, enclosing processes to trap harmful fumes, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to get rid of and/or minimize risks.
Here are other important changes employers should do, according to ILO review.
“Safety and health at work do not merely mean preventing workers from being exposed to workplace risks and hazards and to protect them against these. It also involves being proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and practices.” – OSH, ILO
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