The Occupational Health Foundation, established in April 1989, lists prevention as the highest priority. Assessment of health risks at the workplace, monitoring and managing of sick-leave, periodical medical examinations and support to Human Resource Management are the main services provided.
Managing the environment in which your employees operate is rather complex. The absence of proper health and safety at work legislation does not relieve employers from the obligation to act responsibly in providing a safe place for its employees to work.
A culture of claiming against employers has not yet become a trend in Suriname and employees are, if they are injured as a result of some act or omission of the employer, mostly poorly compensated.
Apart from the legal requirement to have a health and safety management system in place, development of a safety culture is a vital component in addressing the number of claims an organization may face. Inclusion of medical data as well as data related to sick-leave in such a management system, may help to detect early signs of occupational diseases. If health and safety management is not taken seriously, there’s a possibility that the number of claims may escalate.
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