Occupational Safety

Occupational health and safety(OHS) is a cross-disciplinary area encompassing fields such as occupational medicine, occupational hygiene, public health, safety engineering, industrial engineering, chemistry, health physics, ergonomics and occupational health psychology. OHS is concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment.

Occupational Safety

OHS may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, and many others who might be affected by the workplace environment.

Legal reasons for OHS practices relate to the preventative, punitive and compensatory effects of laws that protect worker’s safety and health. OHS can also reduce employee injury and illness related costs, including medical care, sick leave and disability benefit costs.

In agriculture occupational safety dictates that farmers wear protective clothing when applying pesticides to crops. PARC gives outlines of this and other guidelines relating to farming and agriculture.