General provisions

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1. General provisions
1.1. Objectives
1.1.1. The objectives of this code are:
(a) to increase the scope and effectiveness of the investigation of causes of
occupational accidents and diseases, and the identification and implementation of
preventive measures;
(b) to establish general principles and to reinforce and channel various national
activities into nationally consistent systems of collecting reliable information on
occupational accidents and diseases with a view to promoting international
comparability;
(c) to provide guidance in setting up legal, administrative and practical frameworks
for the recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases;
(d) to promote the introduction, monitoring and validation of uniform procedures and
methods for recording of occupational accidents and diseases, and for their
notification to the competent authority;
(e) to improve the comprehensiveness, comparability and analysis of statistics on
occupational accidents and diseases;
(f) to promote the progressive development of procedures and methods of recording
and notification of occupational accidents, occupational diseases, commuting
accidents, dangerous occurrences and incidents;
(g) to promote awareness among health care providers of the potential effects of their
work upon the health of their patients with a view to assisting competent
authorities in the compilation of more comprehensive information on occupational
injuries and diseases.
1.1.2. In addition, recommendations are made concerning equivalent
requirements for the recording and notification of commuting accidents, dangerous
occurrences and incidents.
1.2. Scope
1.2.1. The provisions of this code apply to all branches of economic activity, all
enterprises and all workers regardless of their status of employment.
1.2.2. The provisions of this code should be considered as the basic
recommendations for the recording and notification of occupational accidents,
occupational diseases, commuting accidents, dangerous occurrences and incidents. More
stringent national or international regulations have priority over these recommendations.

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