OSH literacy® can be described as: The degree to which individuals have the capacity to access, process and utilize the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) information and services needed to identify hazards, quantify risk and take measures to eliminate or reduce risk.
OSH uses a unique system of different shapes, colours, thousands of symbols and specialized terminology to communicate information designed to keep us safe. This communication system constitutes a literacy in its own right comparable to any other form of literacy. In this Age-of-Information and the global-workplace, the aquisition of OSH literacy skills is essential to an individual’s long-term health and welbeing, as well as their social and economic mobility. However, for a number of reasons, not everyone has these skills, yet.
OSH literacy® is also the name of our small, registered and fully-compliant, non-profit social-enterprise. We are a collective of volunteer teachers, trainers, health-care workers and OSH professionals committed to making a tangible reduction in the unacceptably high numbers of deaths, diseases, injuries and losses which occur globally due to poor OSH communications, especially for at-risk groups. We are funded through donations and offering training and consultancy services. ALL profits fund our outreach projects. Our aim is to have OSH literacy recognized and taught as an essential life-skill literacy. We are the world’s only NGO specifically focused on improving OSH communications and training. OSH literacy is active on a number of fronts and works closely with other national and international NGOs, OSH, educational and private organisations to achieve our goal – to make OSH information and training Accessible to All.