Proposed review of health and safety legislation in Zimbabwe – November 2011

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Government is in the process of reviewing sections of health and safety legislation in Zimbabwe to ensure that the laws are more focused and robust in enforcing  high occupational health and safety standards.

The review process is being spearheaded by the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) which includes government, industry and organised labour, and the parties are already drafting proposals for submission to cabinet.

Zimbabweans urged to get proactive

The existing legislation is not harmonised.  Speaking at the commemorations for the World Day of Safety and Health, Director of Labour Administration in the Ministry of Labour Mr. Paul Dzviti urged that despite laws to enforce occupational health and safety, stakeholders should be more proactive in maintaining a safe work environment.  “You need effort to prevent accidents and we are therefore calling upon management, employees and government to have a culture of occupational safety,” he said.

He observed that although the numbers of work accidents have been going down over the past three years, the figures are still high considering that industry is not operating at full capacity.  National Social Security Authority Director for Occupational Health and Safety Mr. Rodgers Dhliwayo echoed his sentiments when he said the number of workplace accidents still remain a cause for concern, and urged management and workers to be more alert.

World Safety Day

World Safety Day is an International Labour Organisation (ILO) initiative which began in 2003 centering on the prevention of illness and accidents in the workplace through ongoing social dialogue and stakeholder participation.  

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