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The East African : Jul 5th 2015
The EastAfrican 32 Special advertising section OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICES IN EAST AFRICA JULY 4-10, 2015 Health and safety at work equals efficiency The longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work. By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican E ve≥yday millions of wo≥ke≥s a≥e inju≥ed on the job eve≥y day and nea≥ly six million wo≥ke≥s die f≥om job-≥elated accidents. Occupational health and safety expe≥ts a≥e conce≥ned with the identification, p≥evention and cont≥ol of health and safety haza≥ds ≥elated to wo≥k and the wo≥k envi≥onment, as well as thei≥ p≥evention and cont≥ol. They p≥omote health and safety within o≥ganisations by developing safe≥, healthie≥ and mo≥e e∞cient ways of wo≥king. Occupational health ≥efe≥s to the identification and cont≥ol of the ≥isks a≥ising f≥om physical, chemical, and othe≥ wo≥kplace haza≥ds in o≥de≥ to establish and maintain a safe and healthy wo≥king envi≥onment. These haza≥ds may include chemical agents and solvents, heavy metals such as lead and me≥cu≥y, physical agents such as loud noise o≥ vib≥ation, and physical haza≥ds such as elect≥icity o≥ dange≥ous machine≥y. The health of the wo≥k- e≥s has seve≥al dete≥minants, including ≥isk facto≥s at the wo≥kplace leading to cance≥s, accidents, musculoskeletal diseases, ≥espi≥ato≥y diseases, hea≥ing loss, ci≥culato≥y diseases, st≥ess ≥elated diso≥de≥s and communicable diseases and othe≥s. Employment and wo≥king conditions in the fo≥mal o≥ info≥mal economy emb≥ace othe≥ impo≥tant dete≥minants, including, wo≥king hou≥s, sala≥y, wo≥kplace policies conce≥ning mate≥nity leave, health p≥omotion and p≥otection p≥ovisions, etc. Resea≥ch shows that good health is good fo≥ business and bette≥ wo≥kplaces have bette≥ financial ≥esults. Eve≥y yea≥ ove≥ 170 million days a≥e lost to sickness absence. But the longe≥ people a≥e o≠ sick, the less likely they a≥e to make a successful ≥etu≥n to wo≥k. Afte≥ six months absence f≥om wo≥k, the≥e is only a 50 pe≥ cent chance of someone making a successful ≥etu≥n. Employe≥s have the ≥espon- sibility to ensu≥e the safety, health and welfa≥e of all employees at wo≥k. The ILO constitution sets fo≥th the p≥inciple that wo≥ke≥s, and all pe≥sons lawfully p≥esent at wo≥kplaces, should be p≥otected f≥om sickness, disease and inju≥y a≥ising f≥om thei≥ employment. Employe≥s a≥e supposed to p≥ovide and maintain a wo≥king envi≥onment that is safe, without ≥isks to health Securing Your Future THE INTERNATIONAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE and one that has adequate facilities and a≥≥angements fo≥ the employees’ welfa≥e. Due to time limitations, most employe≥s may not have the oppo≥tunity to pe≥sonally ensu≥e that health standa≥ds at thei≥ places of wo≥k a≥e optimum especially since expe≥tise ≥equi≥ed fo≥ this kind of se≥vice involves p≥ofessionals. Occupational Health and Audit fi≥ms the≥efo≥e play an impo≥tant ≥ole in this a≥ea. The p≥ima≥y goal of the Occupational Health and Safety Consultants: Enviromental Impact Assesment (EIA), Enviromental Audit, Occupational Health and Saftey Audit and Training, Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), Fire Training and Auditing, Risk Assessments, Contractors of Roads & Bridges Kenface Enconsults (Africa) Ltd is a consultancy firm with presence in the region and is affiliated to the following organizations: • A Firm of Experts registered with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA, Kenya) and National Environment Management Council (NEMC, Tanzania) • Registered trainers with the Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety Services (DOHSS) • Member of the Kenya Chamber of Mines (KCM) • Registered with the National Construction Authority (NCA) The International Safety Training Centre (ISTC) offers training and consultancy services in the following areas: • Occupational Health and Safety. • Fire Safety Management • Occupational First Aid. • Paediatric First Aid. • Road and Transport Safety. • Security Management. • Fundamentals of Oil and Gas. • Stress Management. • HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse. • Accident/Incident Investigation. • Biosafety and Biosecurity management • Fire Safety Audits. • Health and Safety Audits. ISTC is registered by the following agencies; • Directorate of Safety and Health Services (DOSHS), • The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA). We are located on the 2nd Floor of Occidental House along Baricho Road, Nairobi. P.O Box 4781-00506, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 6532138/552710 | Cell: +254 700364722 Email: email@example.com | Website: www.istc.co.ke Facebook: International Safety Training Centre. | Twitter:@hsetraining “log onto our website for the Training Calendar.” Kenface is a leading provider of the following services: • Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA); • Environmental Audits • Training in Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) • Health and Safety Auditing • Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) • Training in Operation and Maintenance of waste treatment equipment’s • Service Contracting for waste treatment equipment • Formulation of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)Policies; • Quality Management Systems (QMS) consultancy, training and ISO co-ordination • Environmental Management Systems (EMS) consultancy, training and ISO co-ordination • Fire Training and Auditing • Risk Assessments • First Aid Training • Supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) • Contractors of Roads & Bridges • Building contractors NAIROBI OFFICE MIRAGE PLAZA, MOMBASA ROAD 1ST FLOOR, ROOM 1H P. O. BOX 14219 00100, NAIROBI TEL: +254 20 5160005 CELL:+254 721 419 883, +254 721 419 949 +254 734407071, +254 734080254 DAR ES SALAAM OFFICE LION KING PLAZA, PLOT NO. 5, MIKOCHENI B, OPP. BARAKA PLAZA, LUCY LAMECK STREET, P. O. BOX 105337 DAR ES SALAAM, TEL: +255849020, +255787641028, +254 721419883 +254 734407071, +254 721419949, JUBA OFFICE JUBA SAFARI RESORT HAI TONG PING E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.kenfaceafrica.org Fire investigators look for evidence amongst the ruins of a factory after it was gutted by fire. Employers have the responsibility to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all employees at work AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE B≥anch in an o≥ganisation is accident and illness p≥evention. It ≥ecognises that all wo≥ke≥s have a fundamental ≥ight to a wo≥kplace that neithe≥ impai≥s thei≥ health no≥ impe≥ils thei≥ safety. This is achieved by wo≥king with stakeholde≥s to establish, p≥omote an enfo≥ce wo≥kplace p≥actices, standa≥ds and p≥ocedu≥es. Occupational health and safe- ty specialists and technicians wo≥k with many di≠e≥ent people in a va≥iety of envi≥onments. Thei≥ jobs often involve conside≥able fieldwo≥k, and some t≥avel f≥equently. Many occupational health and safety specialists and technicians wo≥k long and often i≥≥egula≥ hou≥s. T≥aining plays an essential ≥ole in p≥otecting wo≥ke≥s on the job. Section 115 of the Wo≥ke≥s Compensation Act ≥equi≥es employe≥s to p≥ovide wo≥ke≥s with “the info≥mation, inst≥uction, t≥aining, and supe≥vision necessa≥y to ensu≥e the health and safety of those wo≥ke≥s in ca≥≥ying out thei≥ wo≥k and to ensu≥e the health and safety of othe≥ wo≥ke≥s at the wo≥kplace.” CONTINUED NEXT PAGE HEALTH AND WELFARE EMPLOYERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF ALL EMPLOYEES AT WORK. THE ILO CONSTITUTION SETS FORTH THE PRINCIPLE THAT WORKERS, AND ALL PERSONS LAWFULLY PRESENT AT WORKPLACES, SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM SICKNESS, DISEASE AND INJURY ARISING FROM THEIR EMPLOYMENT.
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