The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), on 7th May, 2015, organised a stakeholder meeting at its Graduate Building to collaborate on developing and implementing an Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Index for the Republic of Ghana.
According to Dr. Kwasi Amponsah-Tawiah of UGBS’s Organisation and Human Resource (OHRM) Department, Ghana is currently without an OHS national policy.
This, therefore, not only jeopardizes the physical, mental and social well-being of workers but adversely affects the economy.
Dr. Kwesi Dartey-Baah, also with the OHRM Department, added that a safety index will essentially provide direction on and lead to the development of preemptive measures to mitigate potential OHS issues.
The OHS index project is intended to improve awareness of OHS issues as well as trigger required levels of response from key stakeholders to meet their OHS responsibilities, among others.
According to Dr. Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, the project’s strategic actions include a consensus on the components of OHS in Ghana as well as developing a relevant and Ghana-specific OHS framework.
Eventually, the project, as Dr. Abekah-Nkrumah pointed out, will make Ghana a much safer place to live and work.
Participants representing Ghana’s service, transportation, construction, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, mining and policy regulation and legislation sectors were involved in developing terms of references for sector working groups.
They also deliberated on related issues as the celebration of an OHS day in Ghana as well as funding and sustaining the project, among others.
Addressing participants from various sectors of Ghana’s economy, as well as media personnel, the Dean of UGBS, Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor, highlighted the School’s research intensive role and extension work as key contributions to national development as well as its constant engagement with industry.
Also participating was Prof. Julius Fobil of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, who represented the Dean of his School.
The next stakeholder meeting will be more broad-based, encompassing participants from other regions as well as the informal sector.
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