Occupational Safety and Health

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Occupational Safety and Health • Introduction • HIRARC • OSH Legislation • Inspections • Safety Audits • Responsibilities • Influenza A (H1N1)


We need to know about OSH because: 1. It is a requirement under the law (OSHA and its Regulations); 2. We need to make provisions for securing the safety, health and welfare of our colleagues; 3. We need to make provisions for protecting our clients against risks to safety or health in connection with our trade and activities.
In order for us to achieve the objectives of OSH we need to look into HIRARC which is the basis of occupational safety and health. HIRARC is a compound word which is made up of three consecutive activities running
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b) Formulate safety and health policy: o as often as may be appropriate revise a written statement of his general policy with respect to the safety and health at work; o arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out the policy; o to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all of his employees.
c) Employ a competent person to act as a Safety and Health Officer at the place of work exclusively for the purpose of ensuring the due observance at the place of work of the provisions of the OSHA and its regulations and the promotion of a safe conduct of work at the place of work.
d) Establish a Safety and Health Committee at the place of work if there are 40 or more persons employed at the place of work.
e) Consult the Safety and Health Committee with a view to the making and maintenance of arrangements which will enable him and his employees to co-operate effectively in promoting and developing measures to ensure the safety and health at the place of work of the employees and in checking the effectiveness of such measures.
f) Notify the nearest Occupational Safety and Health Office of any accident, dangerous occurrence, occupational poisoning
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