Understand the local occupational health requirements and industry standards

Understand the local occupational health requirements and industry standards

All companies must ensure compliance with all local occupational health regulations, and it is recommended that companies follow a corporate standard which often aligns with industry standards.

Occupational health laws and regulations vary widely, and in many emerging markets are in a state of flux. Many companies choose to maintain a corporate standard which in many cases is OSHA-based.

Recommended Action

  • All companies must ensure compliance with local occupational health regulations.
  • It is recommended that companies align with industry standards.
  • It is also important to establish connections with the in-country public health system for reporting of illness and disease that may be detected. Reporting these illnesses and diseases helps the World Health Organization track and report the numbers of such illnesses and diseases.

Additional Resources

Polling Results

Sixty-percent report having a methodology to ensure that their business operations are in compliance with local occupational health requirements/regulations. This is especially true for companies with large workforces outside of the US.

  • 77-percent of the return to work policies are established by country of origin.
  • 76-percent indicated they have specific occupational care management guidelines to manage illness/injury in the workplace, with the vast majority using the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordables to track work-related injuries globally.

Council Commentary

Requirements vary widely by industry, and organizations that implement global standards require expertise to ensure they meet both internal obligations and that of the local jurisdiction. Compliance with local occupational issues has grown in importance over the last five years, particularly in emerging markets such as the BRIC countries where requirements have been fluid and the business implications for non-compliance growing (plus, must maintain a corporate standard, which in many cases is OSHA-based).