Bollore Transport and Logistics over the weekend held a staff health and safety seminar to commemorate this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s events around the globe is inspired by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) centenary anniversary and discussions on the future of work.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019 attempts to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and health and looks to the future for continuing these efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development including climate change and changes in work organization.
In his message to staff of Bollore, Takoradi – General Manager, Jeff Lokko told aptnewsghana.com that the workforce is the most import asset of the company, “that is the human resource, without them nothing can be done. So, we expect them to stay healthy and practice safe work ethics on all our worksites”.
Mr. Lokko revealed that “one of the cardinal principles of Bollore working in the oil and gas industry is to have a QHSE policy that is very effective, sanctioned and approved by the country Managing Director. He noted that management is committed to continually educate the employees to make sure and make it a culture in their work procedures to report issues that borders on health safety and the environment to be dealt with expeditiously and brought to the attention of the very top management. According to him, the arrangement makes it possible to avoid issues that may hang on for lack of attention to them …”it is that guarantees our existence and therefore our future”
“So, all employees are enjoined to practice safe work ethics. And we do it with seminars, training, weekly tool box meetings, especially with our drivers and workshop staff to appraise ourselves of safe work ethics and issues that arise to forestall any damage, injuries, death or loss of work time” he said.
The main resource person at the seminar, Dr Bernard Dampson from the New Crystal Hospital in Takoradi, charged workers to “appreciate the significance of the work they do, its impact on the economy and also its impact on our health”. They should also remember that safety starts with them.
He stressed that “it’s unethical for anybody’s job to give him/her health problems, it’s unethical for anyone to die on the job due to unsafe act and its unethical to do any job which is not safe”.
Dr Dampson therefore implored the Bollore staff to recognize their industry and constantly avail themselves with the risks and hazards at the various posts and know the mitigations to take against them both at the organizational level and individually. “The organization can do all they could but if the individual is not ready or doesn’t understand or doesn’t appreciate, they won’t do what they have to do to augment the organisational factors and vice versa. So, it’s important that everybody working in any industry recognizes the health and safety aspects of their job and how it should be taken care of”; he explained.
Global Report on Health and Safety
The official World Day on 28 April 2019 is only be the beginning of worldwide events and activities to continue throughout the rest of the year, around the theme of safety and health and the future of work, celebrating and building on the wealth of knowledge and action accumulated over 100 years as the world gets ready to face and appreciate the changes brought forward by the future of work.
The ILO is expected to launch a global report to that effect, sharing the story of a 100 years in saving lives and promoting safe and healthy working environments. The report attempts to capture the evolution of safety and health from before the inception of the ILO in 1919 to date, going through the major turning points that have influenced this field and have influenced the way ILO has contributed to improving safety and health at work.
More importantly, the global report will touch upon the changes in work arrangements, technology (digitalisation and ICT, platform work, automation and robotics), demographics, globalisation, climate change, and other drivers that are affecting the dynamics of safety and health and the nature of professions in this area, notwithstanding the persistent traditional and re-emerging risks and variations across developing and developed countries.
To add further depth to the discussion, the ILO said on its website that it will feature 33 original think pieces from the real faces of the occupational safety and health community from around the world who will share strong messages and testimonials on OSH and the future of work from a variety of expert and practical aspects.
By: Joe Bright Nyarko