OSHA. Workforce diversity and risk assessment

 

Occupational Safety and Health Agency. One of the most important new developments of the Framework Directive 89/391 was the introduction of risk assessment
for a prevention programme of technical and/or organisational measures to combat the risks.

Risk assessment is the start of the risk management process. It enables employers to understand the action that they need to take to improve workplace health and safety, as well as productivity.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has developed a European-wide information campaign focusing on risk assessment. Healthy Workplaces is a two-year European campaign which aims to promote an integrated management approach to risk assessment.

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of the European approach to occupational safety and health, and there are good reasons for this. If risks and those at risk or at increased risk are not assessed, a suitable risk management process cannot be started and appropriate preventive measures are unlikely to be put in place. Systematic risk assessment therefore improves workplace safety and health and business performance in general.

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