Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Published: | Updated: July 18, 2018

Definition - What does Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) mean?

Occupational health and safety (OHS) relates to health, safety, and welfare issues in the workplace.

OHS includes the laws, standards, and programs that are aimed at making the workplace better for workers, along with co-workers, family members, customers, and other stakeholders.

Improving a company's occupational health and safety standards ensures good business, a better brand image, and higher employee morale.

Safeopedia explains Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Occupational health and safety is concerned with addressing many types of workplace hazards, such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Physical hazards
  • Biological agents
  • Psychological fallout
  • Ergonomic issues
  • Accidents

Occupational health and safety standards are in place to mandate the removal, reduction, or replacement of job site hazards. OHS programs should also include material that helps minimize the effects of the hazards.

Employers and company management are obliged to provide a safe working environment for all of their employees.

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