The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) is holding a three day engineers safety and health workshop in Harare aimed at raising awareness on the importance of occupational safety and health at workplaces.
The workshop is being attended by inspectors from NSSA and engineers from the local industry, and was officially opened by the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Petronella Kagonye who said the government is committed to ensuring a safe working environment and the protection of employees against occupational hazards.
“My ministry is pleased to open this workshop as it will create productive working relationships between inspectors of NSSA and engineers. The government will not rest on its laurels in making sure that there is occupational safety and health at workplaces,” she said.
Over the last couple of years, work-related accidents and deaths slightly declined, but NSSA’s Chief Occupational Safety and Health Manager, Dr Betty Nyereyegona said more needs to be done in order to reduce these statistics to meet the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.
“NSSA is committed to enforce occupational and health policies that will be observed by all industry players. This workshop will equip engineers with the skills to achieve that,” she said.
As safety and health gatekeepers, engineers are very crucial in safeguarding occupational safety and health by implementing safe industrial engineering designs and operations, hence the workshop to raise awareness amongst the practitioners.
“We as engineers are foot soldiers of occupational health and safety so we will make sure that the working place is safe to avoid injuries and deaths,” an Inspector Engineer, Mr Morios Jaya said.
Minister Kagonye also revealed that her ministry together with NASA have joined the Vision Zero Strategy global campaign, which is being spearheaded by the International Social Security Association, and aimed at curbing work related accidents, injuries and fatalities.