Govt developing database of occupational safety incidences

Occupational Safety
Occupational Health and Safety Policy. Courtesy Photo.

Government is developing a database of occupational health and safety incidences to guide the enactment of policies to improve the safety of workers.

State Minister for Gender Peace Mutuuzo says that the database will be essential in justifying the need for policies on occupational safety and health, legislation and prevention programs.

She says government is looking at ways of protecting workers, family members and others who might be affected by shortfalls in the work place environment.

Mutuuzo said that due to lack of proper recording and notification systems, the official numbers of occupational accidents and diseases in Uganda are not accurately known.

It is estimated by the International Labour organization (ILO) that over 2.3 million fatalities and 300 million accidents causing injuries occur in the workplace each year globally.

Mr. Usher Wilson Owere, the chairman of National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) says that workers in Uganda still face challenges of the absence of a minimum wage and proper workplace inspection which have not yet been implemented by government.

According to ILO, countries that have good data are better placed to fulfill their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This was during activities to commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work held at parliament’s CHOGM grounds today. The event is held ahead of the International Labour Day celebrations marked annually on May 1.

This year’s celebration of the World Day for Safety and Health is under the theme ‘Optimizing the Collection and Use of Occupational Safety and Health Data.’

The day was declared by the International Labour Organization in 2003 to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

It is also used as an awareness campaign intending to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.