GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 sets out reporting requirements on the topic of occupational health and safety. This Standard can be used by an organization of any size, type, sector or geographic location that wants to report on its impacts related to this topic.
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety has been updated in 2018 and will replace the 2016 version. To learn more about the key features of this Standard, and how it was developed, consult the project and sign up for updates on upcoming events here.
An organization reporting on GRI 403 for the first time is advised to use GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018. Existing users of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016 are advised to start the transition to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 as soon as possible. GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016 can continue to be used for reports or other materials published on or before 31 December 2020.
In the context of the GRI Standards, the social dimension of sustainability concerns an organization’s impacts on the social systems within which it operates.
GRI 403 addresses the topic of occupational health and safety.
Healthy and safe work conditions are recognized as a human right and addressed in authoritative intergovernmental instruments, including those of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Health Organization (WHO): see the References section of this standard.
Healthy and safe work conditions are also a target of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations (UN) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Healthy and safe work conditions involve both prevention of physical and mental harm, and promotion of workers’ health.
Prevention of harm and promotion of health require an organization to demonstrate commitment to workers' health and safety. They also require the organization to engage workers in the development, implementation, and performance evaluation of an occupational health and safety policy, management system and programs that are appropriate to the organization’s size and activities.
It is essential that workers are consulted in the development of an organization’s occupational health and safety policy, and participate in the processes necessary to plan, support, operate, and continually evaluate the effectiveness of the occupational health and safety management system and programs.
Hazard identification and risk assessment, worker training, and incident identification and investigation are also key to planning, supporting, operating, and evaluating the occupational health and safety management system.
In addition to preventing harm, an organization can promote workers’ health by offering healthcare services or voluntary health promotion services and programs, which, for example, help workers improve their diet or quit smoking. These additional services and programs cannot serve as a substitute for occupational health and safety programs, services and systems that prevent harm and protect workers from work-related injuries and ill health.
All services and programs that aim to prevent harm and promote workers’ health are expected to respect workers’ right to privacy. Organizations are expected not to use workers' participation in such services and programs, or the health data derived therefrom, as criteria for their decisions regarding employment or engagement of workers, including termination, demotion, promotion or offering of prospects, compensation, or any other favorable or unfavorable treatment.
Effective date: 1 January 2021
Earlier adoption is encouraged.
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety
Scope of ‘workers’ in this Standard
1. Management approach disclosures
Disclosure 403-1 Occupational health and safety management system
Disclosure 403-2 Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation
Disclosure 403-3 Occupational health services
Disclosure 403-4 Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety
Disclosure 403-5 Worker training on occupational health and safety
Disclosure 403-6 Promotion of worker health
Disclosure 403-7 Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships
2. Topic-specific disclosures
Disclosure 403-8 Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system
Disclosure 403-9 Work-related injuries
Disclosure 403-10 Work-related ill health