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Occupational safety and health and well-being at work

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Occupational safety and health and well-being at work

The aim of occupational safety and health work is to ensure safe, healthy, comfortable and stimulating working conditions and to support staff's ability to work. Personal well-being at work is also influenced by skills and the experience of meaningful work, work-life balance and the functioning of the work community.

Information on well-being at work
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Coping at work

Job satisfaction is influenced by working conditions, the skills required, the meaningfulness of work, the ability to work and the balance in one's private life. Work community factors, leadership and job satisfaction play an important role. It is important whether the employee feels rewarded for his or her efforts, not only in terms of pay, but also in terms of appreciation, a sense of security or career advancement opportunities.

Accidents at work and occupational diseases

An accident at work is a sudden and unexpected occurrence at work caused by external factors that results in injury to a worker. Accidents at work are accidents that occur at work, on the way to or from work, or during a journey to or from work or business as determined by the employer. Occupational diseases are either occupational diseases or work-related diseases, where the illness is work-related but does not meet the criteria for an occupational disease.

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Harassment and ill-treatment

Harassment is an act that is unilateral in nature and unwilling on the part of the harassed person. Harassment and inappropriate treatment are prohibited by the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Equality Act prohibits harassment on the grounds of sexual and gender. Employers have a duty to prevent harassment and must take the necessary steps to investigate and eliminate harassment as soon as they become aware of it.

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Wellbeing at work card training improves wellbeing at work

The Wellbeing at Work Card is Trade Union Pro's response to improving wellbeing at work and extending careers. The day-long training inspires and guides work communities to develop their workplace through a collective effort. The course day consists of three parts and a final exam. Our trainers are trained by TTK and we use TTK training materials.

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Who should I turn to in matters of health and safety at work?
The health and safety representative is an expert in workplace safety who monitors the implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act at the workplace on behalf of the staff. The health and safety representative is responsible for familiarising himself/herself with health and safety issues affecting his/her workplace and takes part in health and safety inspections at the workplace.
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Who is responsible for occupational safety and health
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Occupational safety and health is a matter of cooperation and concerns all staff. Everyone has a duty to report any shortcomings in the working environment to the employer and the health and safety representative.

Everyone must comply with the general safety instructions drawn up at the workplace. Everyone must also be aware of the regulations and instructions governing their own work, be aware of the dangers of their own work and working environment and know how to take appropriate protective measures. The employer is responsible for providing information and guidance on health and safety at work.

Taking health and safety aspects into account is a sign of good professional competence. It also requires that everyone is informed in good time of changes in their work and their workplace.

Managers have operational and economic responsibility and decision-making powers in matters of health and safety, in accordance with their own job description and position. They assess the need for and priorities of the proposed health and safety measures, decide on the resources required and decide how to implement them. If a manager's own decision-making power is not sufficient, he or she must refer the matter to his or her line manager.

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