GIS – 28 April, 2017: An effective Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) data collection system plays a fundamental role in reporting and analysing information about safety and health issues at the work place.
This statement was made by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Eddy Boissézon, this morning at Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava. He speaking at the launching of a workshop on the theme Optimise the Collection and Use of OSH data to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Chairpersons of Safety and Health Committees of various Ministries and Departments are attending the workshop.
In his address, the Minister Boissézon stated that a reliable OSH data has become very important in providing the basis for setting priorities and measuring progress at work. OSH data helps to have an insight about the possible causes of accidents and hazards, hence the need to have an effective data collection system to develop an occupational safety and health culture, he highlighted.
Moreover, the Minister reiterated Government’s determination to comply with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to provide a safer and healthier working environment for all workers. A working environment, he pointed out, has to be secured and conducive for workers to be more productive in their tasks.
The one-day workshop is serving as platform to enhance participants’ understanding of occupational safety and health issues. Discussions are expected to help in formulating preventive measures in the field. A brochure on health and safety issues was launched on that occasion.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated every year by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. It is also regarded as an awareness raising campaign intended to focus on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health.
This celebration is an integral part of the Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health of the ILO since 2003. This Global Strategy is a significant tool to raise awareness of how to make work safe and healthy and of the need to come up with an effective data collection mechanism related to occupational safety and health.
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