Employers are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy
Uganda is lagging behind other East African countries when it comes to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). "We are supposed to be at the forefront when you bring in the oil picture. Oil and gas production can be hazardous and, by now, we should have been the ones fronting occupational safety and health," Andrew Nahabwe, an occupational safety and health specialist, says.
His comments are of particular significance right now, as Uganda joins the rest of the world today to commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The day is an annual international awareness-raising campaign to promote safety, health and decent work. It is held on April 28, each year.
Since 2003, the International Labour Organisation has promoted the day, stressing the prevention of accidents and illnesses at work, and capitalising on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. The main objective of this campaign is to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how the creation and the promotion of a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of workrelated deaths and injuries. The day is also International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, organised worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.
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