A major preventive action aimed at complying with occupational safety and health (OSH) obligations will start on Monday (June 3) with labor inspection across all regions of Slovakia. The National Labor Inspectorate (NIP) spokesman Ladislav Kerekeš informed about it.
In his words, inspectors will try to explain to inspected entities how to effectively comply with OSH regulations. In the selection of audited entities, they will focus mainly on small and medium-sized enterprises, or newly created companies, which are among the most risky in terms of OSH. The aim of the action is to help entrepreneurs to understand the requirements of health and safety regulations that apply to their activities and to clarify the issue. Labor inspectors will also use promotional materials.
“Labor inspections this year, compared to the same period of 2018, record a decline in fatal accidents of more than 50 percent and a decline in severe work-related injuries of nearly 40 percent, with the historically lowest number of serious accidents at work last year,” NIP CEO Karol Habina explained that this development is a challenge for the labor inspection, but also a commitment to the future. “That is why we have decided to be even more active in the field of prevention and to include prevention screening in inspection activities,” he added.
They will advise the inspected entities on how to remedy the deficiencies identified as effectively as possible and what measures to take to prevent dangerous occurrences. “However, in the case of serious breaches of OSH regulations or such violations that could endanger the life and health of employees, labor inspectors will be uncompromising,” Kerekes said, adding that even in this way, the NIP intends to strengthen the OSH culture in controlled entities.