Any social security institution planning to set up or improve prevention services, as recommended, should first undertake a thorough analysis of the existing legal and institutional national framework for prevention activities.
Special attention should be given to the existing regulatory mandate of the institution as regards prevention activities. If the current legal mandate does not include prevention activities, or if the mandate is insufficient to carry out all necessary prevention measures, the institution should submit a proposal to the government or the responsible ministry.
Social security institutions with a mandate to prevent occupational accidents and diseases should develop and implement a prevention programme, including infrastructures, capacities and prioritized activities within their area of responsibility.
The social partners and competent safety and health authorities should be consulted. Social security institutions should likewise be consulted by the authorities when preparing new safety and health legislation, both because of their unique data and knowledge regarding work injuries and because they can be helpful in assessing the feasibility of the envisaged legal provisions.