Lesson 1 Introduction

  • As it has been mentioned already in the Module 1, there are numerous international regulations, recommendations and standards related to occupational safety and health (OSH), which shape the principles of creation safe working conditions.
  • There are certain obligations put on employers.
  • Workers also have their own responsibilities.
  • Obviously, there are certain differences at the national level, and while this training material is prepared within the EU funded project and we are moving mainly in the EU realities, we will refer to the EU Members States.
  • Keeping this in mind, please note, that, simply saying, since every EU Member State has a certain level of freedom in shaping its legislature as long as it stays in line with Acquis Communautaire, nevertheless there are standards that remain similar for practice in every country, and this refers to occupational safety and health issues.
  • According to the EU legislation, it is the employer’s responsibility to perform risk assessment at work, and it is employer who has to assure proper risk management activities.
  • Of course employers do not have to be experts in occupational safety and health, therefore they may order execution of OSH-related tasks internally (to staff of their company) or externally (to external professionals).
  • Please also note, that in case you have any doubts regarding your safety at work, you should have an opportunity to ask for advice a person or department responsible in your company for OSH issues.