Labor Inspection launched a major preventive action from the beginning of June 2019 aimed at compliance with obligations under Act no. 124/2006 Z.z. on health and safety at work. As part of the task, labor inspectors will seek to explain to the auditees how to effectively comply with OSH regulations. They will also use the promotional materials of the National Labor Inspectorate, such as leaflets, brochures and other professional publications, to clarify the issue of prevention. The aim of the task is to help entrepreneurial subjects to understand the requirements of health and safety regulations related to their activities and to clarify the issue. Labor inspectors will focus mainly on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) when selecting auditees. for newly established firms, which are among the most risky in terms of OSH.
“Since June 3, we have started preventive action in all regions of Slovakia. Compared to the same period of 2018, labor inspections in 2019 show a decline in fatal accidents of more than 50 percent and a decline in serious occupational accidents with severe health injuries by nearly 40 percent, with the lowest number of serious accidents at work in 2018. This development is both a challenge and a commitment to the future for labor inspection. That is why we have decided to work even more actively in the field of prevention and to include in the inspection activities a screening focused on prevention,” said Ing. Karol Habina, General Director of the National Labor Inspectorate.
Labor inspectors will advise the auditees 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 in the case of violations that could endanger the life and health of employees, labor inspectors will be uncompromising. In this way, we want to strengthen the OSH culture in controlled entities.