protective-clothing.jpgGovernment is in the process of reviewing sections of the Health Safety legislation to ensure that the laws are more robust in enforcing high occupational health and safety standards.

Stakeholders within the tripartite negotiating which includes government, industry, and employees are already drafting proposals for submission to cabinet.

 

The existing legislation which includes the Health Safety Act, the Statutories and Works Act and Statutory instrument 68 of 1990 are not harmonised.

 

Director of Labour Administration in the Ministry of Labour and Social Services Mr. Paul Dzviti who was speaking on behalf of Minister Paurina Mpariwa said despite laws to enforce occupational health and safety stakeholders should be more proactive in maintaining a safe work environment.

 

He was speaking during commemorations for the World Day of Safety and Health.

 

You need effort to prevent accidents and we are therefore calling upon management employers and government to have a culture of occupational safety.

 

Though the number of work accidents have been going down over the past three years, the figures are still high considering that industry is not operating at full capacity.

 

 In 2007, 6117 injuries resulting from workplace accidents were recorded of which 72 were fatal, while in 2008 3810 injuries were recorded with 65 fatalities.

3122 accidents were recorded last year with 64 fatalities.

 

National Social Security Authority Director for Occupational Health and Safety Mr. Rodgers Dhliwayo said the number of accidents is a cause for concern.

 

As a regulator we are not at all happy with the high number of accidents. There is need for companies and workers to be more alert because safety begins in the workplace.

 

World Safety day is an International Labor Organization initiative which began in 2003 centering on the prevention of illness and accidents in the workplace through social dialogue and stakeholder participation.