The protection of employee health and safety is regulated by the government. However, the effective management of health and safety in the work place includes more than legal compliance. Increasingly, organizations are taking a strategic approach to occupational health and safety by adopting a value based commitment to safe operations as a way to protect people. Additional benefit to business includes cost saving by reducing worker injuries, fatalities, occupational disease and property damage as well as improved employee relations and reliability and productivity improvement.
Employers and employees share responsibility for creating and maintaining safe and healthy work environments. Employer – employee partnerships are put in place to ensure compliance and create a climate and culture of safety in the organization.