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Ministry continues to pursue OHS initiatives: Usamate

May 20, 2018 5:30 pm

Work-related stress, tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoking can be a factor for a great number of occupational accidents and work-related diseases which lead to injuries and deaths.

Employment Minister Jone Usamate says these problems affect a significant proportion of the workforce including young workers and has an impact on the productivity of enterprises.

He says these have a huge impact on individual’s health as well as on the healthcare system.

“Internationally, the workplace has now become the ideal venue to deal with emerging psychosocial risks .so promotion measures must be adopted to address them since workers spend a large proportion of their time at work .there is also a large potential for influence and change and the support from colleagues can be crucial."

Usamate says his ministry will continue to pursue Occupational Health initiatives in workplaces.