What is occupational health and safety? | FAQs

CAREER ADVICE, HEALTH   |   2 minutes  |   December 5, 2016

Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a concept that affects every organisation, but you need to understand the basics in order to inform your safety management strategy effectively.

OHS, or Occupational Health and Safety, is a multidisciplinary practice dealing with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace, with a strong focus on preventing workplace hazards.

The enjoyment of these standards is a basic human right that should be afforded to each and every worker, regardless of the nature of their work. With OHS standards in place, workers are able to carry out their responsibilities in a safe and secure working environment, free from hazards. The best part is that you don’t even have to hire someone new to do the job. You can invest in occupational health and training for your current staff.

Watch Christian Basgen, Head Tutor on the University of Cape Town Occupational Health and Safety online short course, as he expands on what you need to know about OHS.

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When it comes to OHS we are referring to health and safety in the work environment which everyone is affected by. When it comes to safety, very often we are talking more about injuries which are caused by machinery, falls, slips and broken bones. When it comes to health, we are talking as well about psychological health and diseases, anything stress related and environment related.