Improving occupational safety and health in small
and medium-sized enterprises. Participant handbook
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important contributors to national economies
worldwide. However, they tend to have higher rates of occupational accidents and diseases, owing primarily to human and financial resource deficits, lack of awareness on OSH matters and difficulties in access to external support and training. In addition to the serious ethical concerns raised by human suffering, the impact of occupational accidents and diseases affects productivity and economic growth.