Health and safety in supply chains
Posted: January 29, 2013
Posted in: Workplace Injuries
Increasingly, businesses are outsourcing their activities and processes. But what implications does the growing importance of supply chains have for safe working conditions?
A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within these complex networks of suppliers and service providers.
The report, Promoting occupational safety and health through the supply chain, analyses existing literature on the subject, as well as government policies and case studies, to provide an overview of how OSH can be managed and promoted through the supply chain, and which incentives and instruments exist for companies to encourage good OSH practices among their suppliers and contractors.
Promoting occupational safety and health through supply chains is a good example of how workers can be safeguarded when organisations co-operate — this is the subject of EU-OSHA’s current Healthy Workplaces Campaign.
As EU-OSHA Director Christa Sedlatschek puts it,
“Our Working together for risk prevention campaign is based on the idea that OSH is not just the responsibility of some people in the workplace, but that we create the safest working conditions when we are all involved. Nothing better illustrates this than businesses working with their supply chains, to help keep workers safe.”
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