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Building the Internal Control System

Viimati uuendatud: 15.10.2019

Building the Internal Control System

Initiative to build the internal control system must come from the employer. The easiest would be for the employer to imagine that they are the labour inspector visiting the company and try to answer the question whether all different occupational health and safety management aspects are regulated in the required extent.

The employer must establish the general occupational health and safety principles in the company. For example, set a goal: no occupational accidents may occur during the entire year!

Let’s revise:

  • The employer bears the primary responsibility! The employer must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its’ sub-acts regulating the activities of the specific company – this way, the working environment      management system will be organized most appropriately. The employer also appoints the persons responsible for individual activities – thus, it is easier to guarantee that everybody knows what is expected of them and the entire system management is not chaotic.
  • Also employees participate in the workplace management, for example, notify about discovered risks, illnesses, occupational accidents, and make suggestions to apply different measures or give feedback on measures that are already applied.
  • Working environment representatives and council members are involved if any workplace changes are planned, different measures are weighed or existing working conditions and applied measures are valued, and the working environment yearly assessed.

The internal control system is based on the working environment risk assessment results. It is recommended to perform the risk assessment depending on the workplace and answer the question what hazards the specific employee has or could have in this workplace. When conducting the risk assessment, the employee’s exposure duration must certainly be considered – only this enables to evaluate the actual extent of the hazard.

Conducting the risk assessment is followed by composing a specific action plan to avoid or decrease the effect of health risks discovered in the working environment.

The action plan formulated in writing must be clear, up to date and comprehensible also to the employees.

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