Occupational safety is a big concern for workplaces across the world. Even for white collar offices that are climate controlled and housed in secure premises, there is a need for ergonomic workstations and accessories to ensure that employees do not develop certain health concerns that are related to sedentary work life for long hours in front of a computer or digital screen. Indeed, the safety standards and their requirements differ from the needs in a factory set-up for employees who work in front of computers or handle calls in call centers.
In countries like the US regulations pertaining to occupational health are defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1970. Concerned authorities usually define the guidelines that should govern health and safety requirements of workers in different organizations. As the role of the private sector has expanded in most countries, every company has specific guidelines that concern work safety and health coverage for employees. There might be gaps or differences in such regulations and often the state government’s reach in such aspects has lessened from what it was in old times.
The ongoing debates continue, but most modern workplaces have comprehensive rules and standards pertaining to workplace safety and preventing possible causes of health hazards. The topics in this blog are related to such practices and how they have evolved over time. We would appreciate and encourage people to send in their thoughts on such topics or share similar articles on our forum that brings in fresh ideas and topics for discussion as well.