Initiative – Prevention – Professionalism
Initiative involves making unsolicited proposals that promote progress and participating in implementing them when appropriate.
Prevention is a measure to prevent damage to health and to reduce the exposure of incidents and circumstances that could cause damage to health.
Professionalism means that work is done honestly, on the basis of adequate knowledge and in accordance with laws, rules and recognized procedures.
Examples of the Detailed Meaning of the Values in the AOSH's Work
- Initiative is a driving force for progress and applies to all areas of the work. This can be in regards to increased job performance, efficiency in operations, collaboration within an institution and with other parties, the working environment of AOSH employees, publicity in the media, etc.
- Employees monitor community development and professional information in the field of occupational safety and health, and initiate changes of emphasis as appropriate.
- Suggestions within and outside an institution and discussion in the community that could give rise to action by the AOSH are taken seriously and followed up on.
- Employees suggest changes in procedures when they feel they are beneficial.
- When there is occasion to or the opportunity arises, the AOSH’s views are expressed in the media and with stakeholders.
- Employees are willing to take part in the work of implementing proposals or taking on a leadership role when knowledge and experience warrant it.
- Employees are guided by the most comprehensive prevention measures that are realistic when solving tasks.
- Employees focus on prevention measures that prevent danger (Level 1 prevention) as well as mitigation measures (Level 2 prevention).
- Employees emphasize that occupational safety and health is an important factor in promoting and maintaining good health throughout an individual’s working life.
- AOSH employees set a good example and are exemplary.
- Employees base their work on the latest knowledge in the fields of occupational health and safety, data on occupational health damage and information on the status and development of the Icelandic economy.
- Employees conduct their work in accordance with the provisions of laws such as the Act on Working Environment, Hygiene and Safety at Work, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Information Act and the Act on the Rights and Duties of Civil Servants.
- Employees adopt procedures and work rules, acquire knowledge and seek the help of colleagues as needed to be able to carry out their work professionally.
- Employees are ready to share knowledge and provide professional assistance to co-workers.
- Employees receive targeted education and training and support for continuing and re-education in areas related to the job.
- Employees take suggestions on what can be done better in the job and try to process them in a professional way.
- Employees take care with the presentation of reports and data that they send out or publish.
- Employees are guided by transparency, honesty and mutual trust in their work.