Significant benefits to workers and employers can be gained by tackling barriers to a sustainable working life. By following good occupational safety and health (OSH) management practices, the health of the entire working population, from those new to the job market to those nearing retirement, can be improved.
One quarter of workers report that their work affects their health and that they would not be able to do the same job when they are 60. However, OSH risks can be dealt with, resulting in a safer, healthier and fairer working environment for all.
Finally, challenges relating to demographic change can cause problems for companies and organisations, from general labour shortages to shortages of skilled workers and concerns about productivity and absenteeism. However, by fulfilling their legal obligations and promoting healthy working practices for all ages, employers are likely to see reduced staff turnover and improved productivity.