The government has called upon all companies including its entities to implement the Occupational Safety and Health Policy in order to eliminate accidents, injuries, diseases and fatalities at workplaces which are on the increase.

The country continues to record an increase in the number of occupational deaths, injuries and diseases with 3,330 serious accidents and 32 fatalities having been reported between January and August this year.

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira said there is need to adopt and implement occupational safety and health management systems and policies to ensure workers as well as businesses are protected.

In response to the increasing cases of workplace accidents, the National Social Security Authority has launched the ‘Vision Zero Campaign,’ a transformational approach to reduce the carnage at workplaces.

The Vision Zero programme is part of the global movement towards zero harm for all workers.

Currently, the government is working on the occupational safety and health bill which will soon be tabled before parliament with the aim to regulate safety and health practices at all workplaces.