The National Occupational Safety and Health policy prepared by the Ministry of Labour, social security and services in 2012 and approved by the Cabinet in April 2012 was launched this morning. The policy was launched by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Samuel Kazungu Kambi.
According to the director of the Occupational Health and Safety Services (DOHSS) Dr. Makhonge the policy is expected to among others:
- Promote occupational safety and health at the work place.
- Prevent accidents and reduce risks at the work place.
- Enhance compensation of the workers who may get injured at the work place by the insurance companies.
- Identified the gaps and challenges that exist that require to be addressed.
The director expressed that the policy will result in the harmonization of all laws touching on OSH, enhanced capacity of the institutions dealing with OSH, improved co-operation and coordination between the various stakeholders, flow of information to raise awareness of OSH among the citizens and workers, enhance the culture on OSH in the citizens especially the children by introducing curriculum for learning institutions and research that is geared to local circumstances and situations. The policy will ensure focused attention to the SME’s in the country with regard to OSH issues.
The meeting was also informed that an institute of safety and health was under construction at the industrial area of Nairobi. It will carry out research, and provide required information.
Invited guests at the function included representatives from KFC, FKE, COTU, and the Chairlady of the National Council on Safety and Health (NACOSH), Ms Alice Majani.