OHS Performance Measurements and Benchmarking

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OHS Performance Measurements and Benchmarking According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the cost of workplace injuries and disease is in excess of $20 billion dollars per year (Behm, et.al, 2004). Obviously, these figures are alarming and would suggest that Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) should be a top priority for management (Lawrence Wynn, 2008). However, a survey from 2011 revealed that many companies have no written OHS policy and nearly half have no formalized occupational health and safety program (Kristensen, 2011). A relatively high number of risks and hazards exist in the workplace. These include gas, fire and electrical dangers, personal security and violence, biological hazards, dangers from improper equipment handling, and exposure to hazardous substances. Organizations can avoid falling into the trap of mere reactive approaches to OHS through proper education and personal responsibility. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace, properly train workers, comply with legal requirements and implement a comprehensive OHS program for their premises (Garner & Horn, 2000). Workers have a responsibility to know and follow safety requirements, work safely and report unsafe conditions and injuries immediately should an incident occur. This collaborative approach to OHS helps reduce the number of accidents in the workplace, improve staff morale, inspire confidence in management and raise competence standards which can

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