Policy on recording, notification and investigation of occupational accidents, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences, and related statistics

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2. Policy on recording, notification and investigation of occupational
accidents, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences, and
related statistics
2.1. Policy and principles at national level
2.1.1. Each government should nominate a competent authority or authorities, as
appropriate, which should, in the light of national conditions and practice and in
consultation with the most representative organizations of employers and workers,
formulate, implement and periodically review a coherent national policy (hereafter
referred to as “the policy”) and principles on:
(a) the recording, notification and investigation of occupational accidents and
diseases;
(b) the recording, notification and investigation of commuting accidents, dangerous
occurrences and incidents; and
(c) the compilation, analysis and publication of statistics on such accidents, diseases
and occurrences.
2.1.2. The national policy should:
(a) aim at preventing accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with or
occurring in the course of work, by identifying and minimizing the causes of
occupational accidents, occupational diseases, dangerous occurrences and
incidents in the working environment;
(b) initiate appropriate national activities;
(c) reinforce various national activities and channel them into a consistent system of
collecting reliable information on occupational accidents, occupational diseases,
commuting accidents, dangerous occurrences and incidents;
(d) establish general principles and uniform procedures concerning the reporting,
recording and notification of occupational accidents, occupational diseases,
commuting accidents, dangerous occurrences and incidents, and implement them
in all branches of economic activity and in all enterprises;
(e) facilitate the production of annual statistics on occupational accidents and
diseases, as well as on commuting accidents, dangerous occurrences and incidents,
as appropriate;
(f) facilitate comparative analysis.
2.1.3. With a view to ensuring the coherence of the policy and of measures for its
implementation, the competent authority should:
(a) establish the respective functions and responsibilities of the public authorities
involved, employers and workers and their organizations and others, taking

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