Ugandan women advised to value life more than hair

By Francis Emorut

"I am told that women in Uganda value their hair so much and yet it’s important to take your personal safety first than any other thing," Thomas said.

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Ugandan women have been advised to value life as far as personal safety is concerned.The advice was given by Mark Thomas the business development manager-Africa of JSP-UK who pointed out that the majority of women engineers don’t want to use protection gear while working at construction sites.

"I am told that women in Uganda value their hair so much and yet it’s important to take your personal safety first than any other thing," Thomas said.

He observed that it’s a common practice among women in Africa who give reasons such as not being comfortable wearing disposable masks and helmets not knowing that it is for their safety in case of accidents.

According to Thomas it is always important to have right head protection and is always important to actually be wearing it.

He was speaking during the personal protection equipment (PPE) training in Kampala.

The training was organised by SAField Industrial Logistics in partnership with JSP-UK aimed at creating awareness among the Ugandan workers and employers to value PPE.

  worker demostrates proper personal protection during the training on personal protection equipment at  hall in ampala hoto by rancis morut A worker demostrates proper personal protection during the training on personal protection equipment at UMA hall in Kampala. Photo by Francis Emorut

 

Thomas explained that according to Health Safety Equipment (HSF) survey of 2012/2013, 2,157 injuries were registered in work places, while 636 serious head injuries and 19 deaths

He underscored the importance of wearing industrial bump caps as is intended to protect the wearer against the effects of striking their head against hard stationery objects with sufficient severity to cause laceration or other superficial injuries.

The state minister of labour and industrial relations Herbert Kabafunzaki agreed with Thomas saying that personal protection equipment(PPE) is key for the safety of worker's life.

The minister observed that during his personal visitation to construction sites he has discovered that workers and employers don't take PPE to be important.

"The employers purchase equipment grumbling and simply dump the same in their stores," Kabafunzaki told over 200 participants attending training on person protection equipment.

Demonstrations were conducted to show the effects of not wearing helmets when either a sharp or a heavy object falls on the head of a worker using watermelon.

The country manager of SAField Daniel Tusiime emphasized the need of Ugandans to embrace the culture of occupational safety health (OSH).He urged Ugandans to use appropriate PPE and avoid using the counterfeits equipment.

The participants were awarded certificates of attendance including Police officers and Kampala Capital City Authority officials among others.

The participants expressed concern of fake helmets flooding the market and wondered how one could distinguish the genuine ones.

Thomas replied that by examining the symbol of the manufacturer which is marked ISO standards or by calling the manufacturer/supplier directly.

The advice was given by Mark Thomas the business development manager-Africa of JSP-UK who pointed out that the majority of women engineers don’t want to use protection gear while working at construction sites.

"I am told that women in Uganda value their hair so much and yet it’s important to take your personal safety first than any other thing," Thomas said.

He observed that it’s a common practice among women in Africa who give reasons such as not being comfortable wearing disposable masks and helmets not knowing that it is for their safety in case of accidents.

According to Thomas it is always important to have right head protection and is always important to actually be wearing it.

He was speaking during the personal protection equipment (PPE) training in Kampala.

The training was organised by SAField Industrial Logistics in partnership with JSP-UK aimed at creating awareness among the Ugandan workers and employers to value PPE.

Thomas explained that according to Health Safety Equipment (HSF) survey of 2012/2013, 2,157 injuries were registered in work places, while 636 serious head injuries and 19 deaths

He underscored the importance of wearing industrial bump caps as is intended to protect the wearer against the effects of striking their head against hard stationery objects with sufficient severity to cause laceration or other superficial injuries.

The state minister of labour and industrial relations Herbert Kabafunzaki agreed with Thomas saying that personal protection equipment(PPE) is key for the safety of worker's life.

The minister observed that during his personal visitation to construction sites he has discovered that workers and employers don't take PPE to be important.

"The employers purchase equipment grumbling and simply dump the same in their stores," Kabafunzaki told over 200 participants attending training on person protection equipment.

Demonstrations were conducted to show the effects of not wearing helmets when either a sharp or a heavy object falls on the head of a worker using watermelon.

The country manager of SAField Daniel Tusiime emphasized the need of Ugandans to embrace the culture of occupational safety health (OSH).He urged Ugandans to use appropriate PPE and avoid using the counterfeits equipment.

The participants were awarded certificates of attendance including Police officers and Kampala Capital City Authority officials among others.

The participants expressed concern of fake helmets flooding the market and wondered how one could distinguish the genuine ones.

Thomas replied that by examining the symbol of the manufacturer which is marked ISO standards or by calling the manufacturer/supplier directly.