Employers urged to respect safe and healthy work environment

30Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
MBEYA
The Guardian
 Employers urged to respect safe and healthy work environment

STATE Minister in Prime Minister's Office (Policy Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs) Jenista Mhagama yesterday urged employers to adhere to Occupational Health and Safety Act in order to protect workers involved in accidents in the course of executing their duties.

Jenista Mhagama (2nd-R), Minister for State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities), presents an award at the weekend to Buzwagi Gold Mine Occupational Health and Safety section head Dr Antoinette George after the agency emerged second runner-up at the Occupational Health and Safety exhibitions held in Mbeya municipality. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

She was speaking during celebrations to mark the national occupational health and safety day held in Mbeya. She said that employees and employers are both responsible for ensuring occupational health and safety.

Mhagama insisted on employers to protect workers against accidents and educate them on how to avoid disasters including fire outbreak.

“It is important to protect our workers as we celebrated the occupational health and safety day which is themed; ‘occupational health and safety crucial for protecting workers towards an industrialized economy”.

The celebrations which involved exhibitions were coordinated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She commended some of the employees who have started educating their employees on occupational safety.

OSHA Acting Executive Officer, Khadija Mwenda said they have so far conducted occupational health and safety trainings to workers at different regions including Mbeya and Songwe. She said the trainings also involve employers who are reminded of their responsibility to ensure workers safety through the year.

“Our trainings does not only target workers, we also provide similar trainings to entrepreneurs”, said Mwenda.

WCF Director General, Masha Mshomba said that stern legal measures which were taken against some employers, have contributed into increased contributions. He said most of the employees are contributing to the fund as per the laws.

Mshomba noted that WCF has so far paid more than 2bn/- to injured workers in the 2017/2018 financial year, and that more than 3bn/- will be paid in this fiscal year.

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