For anyone concerned with safe and healthy working environments, the initials speak for themselves. But how have definitions of the ‘health’ part of OSH changed, and what does this mean for workplaces and OSH professionals?
Ageing working populations are characteristic of high-income nations. Unemployment among 50- to 64-year-olds in members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is half that of 25- to 49-year-olds. In 2012, 26% of the working age population in the UK was between 50 and state retirement age. That proportion will rise to 35% by 2050.