Occupational Health and Safety

Sound occupational health and safety (OSH) management projects help reduce work-related accidents and ill-health, providing improved project performance, reduced economic costs, and improved regulatory compliance; more broadly, they help establish a respect for human life and sustainable economic development. Infrastructure projects present a significant risk to workers during both construction and operation and maintenance phases, and construction by smaller companies typically represents a higher risk. An OSH program should provide systematic policies, procedures, and practices that are adequate to recognize and protect employees from occupational safety and health hazards. An effective program includes provisions for the systematic identification, evaluation, and prevention or control of general workplace hazards, specific job hazards, and potential hazards which may arise from foreseeable conditions. Key elements of an OSH program include: management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and controls, and safety and health training. Important positive benefits of an effective OSH program include reduced absenteeism, improved productivity, better plant maintenance, less compensation and insurance claims, better project/company image, and improved employee morale.  

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