Ghana Set To Follow World Cup In Driving New OSH Standards: While African countries continue to exceed expectations at the Qatar FIFA World Cup, another event could prove a gateway to an equivalent step up for Africa in the world of occupational safety and health (OSH).
Ghana has been one of those emerging soccer nations to impress and Ghana will also make a significant move towards achieving world-class OSH, this week (Wednesday 7 Dec), at a high-level roundtable discussion on the passage of a draft national OSH Bill.
Chaired by the country’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and co-hosted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the roundtable will welcome representatives from government, business, trade unions and global bodies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) to Accra.
Delegates will then draw on the lessons of IOSH’s recent four-year support for the successful introduction of OSH legislation and a national OSH strategy and plan in Malaysia.
IOSH Head of Strategic Engagement, Alan Stevens, who will present the Malaysian experience sees this as a key event in the drive to build a safer, healthier world of work across the African continent.
“This roundtable will play a crucial supportive role in helping government efforts towards the establishment of national legislative and administrative structures in the management of Occupational Safety and Health,” he said.
“It is great to see key actors coming together to show their commitment to make this happen to make Ghana not only a safer, healthier place to work but also bring major benefits to the country’s economy, its healthcare and its education system,” he added.
“When other emerging economies from the Commonwealth and beyond see how OSH can not only help protect workers but also impress global business, lever inward investment, build strong supply chains, boost healthcare provision and free up workers’ families to pursue their education, then I’m sure they will want to secure the same OSH improvements that Ghana has committed itself to achieving.
“The ILO’s adoption, this year, of a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and human right has proved an absolute game-changer, for everyone. It has focused the eyes of governments, non-governmental organisations like the WHO and the ILO, our Commonwealth partners, employers, trade unions and OSH professionals on that laser beam of good OSH practice.
“IOSH is proud to have played a part in helping to bring all these partners together for the good of Ghana and, in the longer term, other African countries. I believe Ghana, like its soccer team, will soon lead the way in showing other countries across the continent why and how they should also be bringing the deep, positive impact of OSH to their economies and their people,” he went on.
“With growing networks of OSH professionals emerging in Ghana and in other West African countries, I’m confident OSH capacity will continue to build,” he predicted.
Those participating in the roundtable discussion on 7 December will include representatives from the following bodies/organisations:
|Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations||Labour Department|
|IOSH||Environmental Protection Agency|
|Trades Union Congress Ghana||Ghana Health Service|
|Ghana Employers’ Association||Ghana National Fire Service|
|National Development Planning Commission||Ghana Standards Authority|
|Office of the Attorney General & Ministry of Justice||Private Enterprise Federation|
|Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation||Ghana Chamber of Mines|
|Ministry of Energy||School Public Health, Univ’ Ghana|
|Ministry of Trade and Industry||Bureau of Public Safety|
|Ministry of Health||Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals|
|Ministry of Roads and Highways||International Labour Organization|
|Ministry of Transport||World Health Organisation|
|Ministry of Food and Agriculture||USAID|
|Ministry of Works and Housing||British High Commission|
|Office of the Head of the Civil Service||European Union|
|Department of Factories Inspectorate|