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.
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.
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).