SA 8000: Health and Safety Regulation

SA 8000 standard encourages the organizations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. SA8000 contains eight elements including health and safety, working hours, child labor, forced labor, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages, and discipline.

SA 8000: health and safety establish a safe and healthy work environment, and take adequate measures to prevent accidents and injuries while on the job or related to it, by limiting, to the extent reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining: respect the right of workers to form unions, and to be members of the union of their choice and to bargain collectively. There shall be no discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation or age in hiring, remuneration, training, promotion, dismissal, or retire his person.

Requirements of health and safety in SA 8000:

  • This standard specifies requirements for social accountability to enable a company to develop, maintain, and enforce policies and procedures in order to manage those issues which it can control or influence and demonstrate to interested parties that policies, procedures and practices are in conformity with the requirements of this standard.
  • Organization will provide a safe and healthy working environment and shall take adequate steps to prevent accidents and also appoint a senior management representative responsible for the health and safety of all personnel, and accountable for implementation of health and safety elements of this standard.
  • Organization will provide, for use by all personnel, clean bathrooms, access to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage.
  • Organization will ensure that all personnel receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and establish systems to detect and avoid or respond to potential threats to the health and safety of all personnel.

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