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Occupational Health & Safety

Proper attention to workers' health and safety has extensive benefits:

healthy workers are productive and raise healthy families; thus healthy workers are a key strategy in overcoming poverty.
workplace health risks are higher in the informal sector and small industries which are key arenas of action on poverty alleviation, where people can work their way out of poverty.
safe workplaces contribute to sustainable development, which is the key to poverty reduction.
the processes of protecting workers, surrounding communities and the environment for future generations have important common elements, such as pollution control and exposure reduction.
much pollution and many environmental exposures that are hazardous to health arise from industrial processes, that can be beneficially influenced by occupational health and safety programmes.
occupational safety and health can contribute to improving the employability of workers, through workplace (re)design, maintenance of a healthy and safe work environment, training and retraining, assessment of work demands, medical diagnosis, health screening and assessment of functional capacities.
occupational health is fundamental to public health, for it is increasingly clear that major diseases (e.g. AIDS, heart disease, cancer) need workplace wellnessprogrammes.

Benefits of promoting a healthy workforce

A successful health and safety programme requires strong management commitment and worker participation.

To the organisation

a well-managed health and safety programme
a positive and caring image
improved staff morale
reduced staff turnover
reduced absenteeism
increased productivity
reduced health care/insurance costs
reduced risk of fines and litigation

To the employee

a safe and healthy work environment
enhanced self-esteem
reduced stress
improved morale
increased job satisfaction
increased skills for health protection
improved health
improved sense of well-being

How does complying with regulations save you money?

Not complying with the Regulations set out by law can cost you money in hefty fines. Furthermore, injuries and accidents involve both direct costs and indirect costs.

Direct costs consist of :

Medical expenses such as ambulance, hospital, and doctors' fees, medication, and rehabilitation
Compensation payments
Insurance premium increases
Litigation costs

In most cases, direct costs covering the worker, are covered by the Workman Compensation Fund (only up to a certain salary scale) and therefore have little or no immediate impact on profits. But they do impact on future profits, since they drive up the cost of doing business.

Indirect costs include disrupted work schedules, lost productivity, clean-up and repair, hiring and training replacement workers, bad publicity, time spent on accident investigation, claims management, and litigation.

How much does an occupational disease or accident cost?

The Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF) offers a range of targeted awareness training as well as external training in the area of Occupational Health and Safety. See more on our training.

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