An agreement has been signed between IOSH and Ghana’s Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, marking “another significant step” towards enhanced protection for the country’s workforce.
The Memorandum of Collaboration between the ministry and IOSH will see 5,000 people become highly-qualified health and safety professionals by 2022. It comes as Ghana’s new Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Bill is due to become law later in the year.
With Ghana’s economy experiencing significant growth, the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees has come under increasing focus.
Increasing economic activity has led to exposure to hazards and high accident rates. A 2015 report revealed that more than one in eight working people aged 15 or over had experienced a workplace accident.
With the memorandum agreed earlier this week and the new law on the horizon, it is hoped there will be a decline in the number of people harmed by work activities.
Alan Stevens, Head of Global Engagement and Partnerships at IOSH, who signed the memorandum on behalf of the institution, said:
“Ghana is experiencing a huge amount of growth and this is bringing increasing pressure on the Government to ensure that working people are looked after.
“The new law is very important, as the existing one requires a refresh, and our memorandum of understanding is another significant step on this road to enhancing safety and health provision throughout the country. IOSH hopes to use its expertise to support this drive.
“While the economic growth in Ghana is fantastic it should not come at the expense of the lives and livelihoods of working people. No one should have their health, safety or wellbeing negatively impacted by work and we hope this memorandum can help to ensure that doesn’t happen.”
The new memorandum has three specific objectives:
- To enhance the policy framework, professional standards and guidelines for the management of OSH
- To enhance the systemic capacity of the management and administrative structures put in place for OSH
- To share experiences, knowledge, competences and good practices across a variety of key OSH areas critical for overall national agenda for the promotion of OSH