Federal government said plans are on to review the Occupational Safety and Health Inspection Checklist towards ensuring safe, healthy, and decent work as well as the curbing of unnecessary wastages in the nation’s economy.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige stated this yesterday at the commemoration of the 2016 World Day for Safety and Health in Abuja.
Ngige emphasized that this is with a view of putting all hands on deck towards eradicating social exclusion, poverty and achieving equitable inclusive and sustainable development that translates to a positive change in people’s lives.
The theme of the campaign of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work for this year 2016, “Workplace Stress: A collective Challenge” is no doubt apt against the backdrop of Stress at Work becoming a common and costly problem in the workplace.
Today many workers are facing greater pressure in relation to the conditions and demands of modern working life.
According to him, “beyond psychosocial risk factors, the workplace is becoming more stressful and work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as a global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and developing countries”.
Recent researches have indicated that exposure to stressful working conditions (called work stressors) have a direct influence on workers safety and health.
Senator Ngige stressed that with the focus of attention this year’s commemoration, government calls on active participant and collaboration of all stakeholders in the development and implementation of stress prevention programmes; adding that employers should assess the workplace for the risk of stress for its effective management and control.
The National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health stipulates the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of all workers. This duty extends to protecting workers from the risk of harm from stressors at work.
This will go a long way towards improving workers’ well-being job satisfaction personal development and increased productivity.
The Minister emphasized that the “extant democratic government in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has expressed its genuine desire to reposition Nigeria in the committee of nations for respectability, value creation, efficient resource protection and management, economic growth and development.
The Federal Government is not unwary of the fact that Change agenda can only be driven and achieved with human capital that is fit, safe and healthy to face the challenges of industrialization, modernization and globalization.” He concluded.


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