Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Bill to be passed by the end of 2019
The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work was held on 28 April, 2019. The event was to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It also served as an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
At the event, Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations called on all employers and stakeholders in the working environment to conform to the requisite work and health safeties, as it is crucial to the attainment of the National Medium-Term Development Objectives.
He said the world of work was changing at a faster rate, with the influx of modern technology, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, among others, which come with hazards and deficiencies.
Mr Baffour-Awuah indicated that social partners have demonstrated enough commitment to the promotion of OSH standards to guarantee employees’ welfare and wellbeing, and for that matter, stakeholders must not relent on that effort.
He added that in order to fully adapt to the emerging world of work, there is the need for more investment, research, training, skills development and capacity building because employees want to work in an environment where their safety is assured whereas employers are seeking employees with demonstrated safety consciousness to hire and engage, knowing that reliable assurance of safety is a guarantee of business development.
The Minister hinted that, as part of efforts to promote workplace health and safety, parliament will pass the Occupational Safety and Health (OHS) Bill into law by the end 2019 after which the Factory Inspectorate Department of the Ministry will be empowered to intensify its inspection at all workplaces to ensure safety at work.