OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND LABOR RIGHTS: SA 8000
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CERTIFICATES
With the purpose of promoting better labor conditions, the American organization called Social Accountability International (SAI) has created the SA 8000 certification.
The SA 8000 certification is based on international agreements on working conditions, which include issues such as social justice, workers’ rights, etc.
SA 8000 CERTIFICATE
The SA 8000® standard is an auditable social certification standard that establishes voluntary requirements to be met by employers in the workplace, including worker rights, workplace conditions, and management systems. . The normative elements of this standard are based on national legislation, international human rights instruments.
In Spain, today there are only 20 certified companies, and among them there is no administration/public sector.
SA 8000® Requirements
- Child labor. Prohibition of the use of child labor.
- Forced or compulsory labor. The use of forced or compulsory labor is prohibited. The organization cannot in any case withhold part of the salary or deposits in order to force the worker to continue working. All personnel must be free to leave the workplace premises at the end of their workday and must also be free to resign employment with reasonable notice.
- Health and security. A healthy and safe work environment must be provided in which risks of accidents and illnesses are prevented. In cases where required, the organization must provide the necessary personal protective equipment, as well as effective training to all workers.
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. These rights must be respected and workers allowed to have their own union representatives.
- Discrimination. No type of discrimination based on race, nationality, social origin, sex, political opinions, disability, religion or any other condition that may give rise to discrimination is allowed.
- Disciplinary measures. Disciplinary practices that violate the dignity of people, involve physical or verbal punishment or psychological abuse are prohibited.
- Working hours. You should never exceed 48 hours per week, not including overtime. Overtime must not exceed 12 hours per week.
- Remuneration. This must be sufficient to cover the basic needs of the staff and offer a discretionary income, according to the standard of living in the region.
- Sistemas de gestión. La organización debe implementar un sistema de gestión que le permita mantener y evidenciar todas las prácticas llevadas a cabo para cumplir con los puntos de la norma.