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8. Describe the factors that underlie the need for human resource managers to understand and implement effective OSH policies and programs. Safety is a people issue Although great advances have been made through engineering solution, it is increasingly apparent that effective safety programming depends on developing individual skills and abilities and on motivating individuals. These are traditional concerns of human resources. Through the use of orientation and other training program, human resource professionals develop employee knowledge and skills. Through a variety of strategies including compensation and awareness programs, human resource professionals motivate safe working.Perhaps most important research has increasingly identified variables such as safety leadership and safety climate as predictors of safety outcome (e.g., incidents, accidents, injuries). Traditional areas of human resource practice such as job design have also linked to safety outcomes. More broadly, management programs such as the implementation of high-performance work systems or lean manufacturing have implications for occupational safety. Finally, safety concerns have direct implications for outcomes such as stress and turnover, traditional areas of HR concern.Safety requires legislative complianceOSH is a very well developed area of labour law. Numerous standards and requirement are imposed on

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