National level commitment must be backed up by commitment and action at the workplace, where the realities of risk are actually encountered. This entails employer commitment to improving OSH, and worker participation as a requisite input into improvements. Employers will be more motivated to act if improvements are inexpensive, readily available, and can be linked with increased productivity. Participation by workers and their representatives is also crucial to improved safety and health at work, as indicated by several studies on the subject.
The core of the strategy will therefore be to deliver quality information on the priorities outlined above, identifying recent trends and developing guidance and effective policies to guide the content of national programmes. Practical guides and training materials will be developed and pilot tested in close collaboration with the Turin Centre, in order to help build the capacity and confidence of national constituents to develop, adapt and implement policies and strategies themselves.
Efforts will therefore focus on developing commitment and motivation for OSHimprovements through:
- Research and compilation of best practices in the areas identified, particularly on the changing conditions and organisation of work and the workforce and links with the financial crisis; estimates of work-related accidents and diseases (methodology reviewed and new figures calculated) ; national systems of recording and notification and their link to insurance schemes on occupational accidents and diseases;
- Development of policy advice, guidance and motivational tools on the above areas as well as on the development of national OSHpolicies and strategies;
- Development of training modules on how to develop national OSHstrategies, in collaboration with the ILO-ITC, and piloting of these;
- Practical tools and training packages will be developed particularly for employers and workers and their organisations in dealing with risk management and participation for improvements at the workplace level.