Health and safety at work is everybody’s business - Practical guidance for employers

This 23-page publication is intended to inform employers about their duties relating to occupational safety and health (OSH).

It explains why good OSH is good for the business, and guides the reader through the basic principles that are a must to know for anyone employing workers. Each 2-3 page section is written in layman's terms.

Firstly, the (national) legal obligations must be understood. These are based on the "OSH Framework Directive". Secondly, it is made clear that risk assessment is the best tool for those overseeing OSH intervention. Then these prevention measures are explained, emphasising their strenghts and weaknesses. This is followed by a guide to the principles of good OSH training used to ensure that employees work safely. Managers' commitment and workers' participation are the foundation of a positive OSH culture where safety is a company value. Finally, three examples of risk management in practice are given covering the following topics: work-related stress, risks related to musculoskeltal disorders and diversity sensitive risk assessment.

This guide is supported by and in line with reliable European background documents that are freely available on the Internet.

"The good news is that managing OSH does not have to be complex! Simple measures can often greatly improve health and safety at work. Moreover, often you do not even need any special expertise to be able to identify potential risks and decide how to address them. Common sense is usually enough. In this document you will find a wealth of simple and concrete tips to assist you in applying OSH obligations in practice. It addresses such issues as getting the most out of compulsory risk assessments, preventive and protective measures and training. It provides examples and illustrations as well as helpful links, such as to the Online interactive Risk Assessment tool (OiRA) ..." Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs, Skills and Labour mobility

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