Employers should prioritise occupational safety and health as it is key in increased productivity within organisations.

This came out during an official opening ceremony of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) tripartite workshop on promoting occupational safety and health in Harare today.

Speaking at the official opening of an occupational safety and health promotion workshop held by the ARLAC in the capital today, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mphakama Mbete said it is the mandatory of occupational safety and health inspectors to do all prior investigations to ensure hazard reduction and improve productivity within organisations.

Addressing participants attending the workshop ARLAC acting director, Dr Locary Hlabanu said workplace injuries have a direct impact to organisation and the country as it distracts workers and leads to inefficiency and less productivity.

Statistics by the International Labour Organisation reveal that in 2014 occupational accidents and work related diseases caused over 2.3 million fatalities per year.

The workshop with participants from various countries around is running under the theme, ‘Promoting Occupational Safety and Health Through Capacity Building on Incident Investigation and Analysis’.