The Department of Labour under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment recently sensitised workers in the West Coast Region on health and occupational safety. The one day seminar was held at the West Coast Region governor’s office, on the theme “Protection of workers against work-related sickness, disease and injury”.
Speaking at the forum, Aminata Siffai Hydara, the governor of the region, thanked officials from the Department of Labour for the initiative. She expressed confidence that the sensitisation would help promote the welfare of employees and ensure safe work environment. She therefore stressed the need for participants to make best use of the knowledge gained.
The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Labour Specialist at the Department of Labour, Carla Nzowloe, commended the UNDP and the Government of The Gambia for funding the forum.
She informed the gathering that the organisation of the seminar was motivated by the Department’s realisation of an increased industrial accidents; hence the need to sensitise workers in the country.
The Principal Labour Officer, Abdou Saidy posited that the employer has a responsibility to the worker and the worker has a responsibility to himself; that workers have the right to a safe and health workplace.
According to him, employers must supply personal protective clothing and other safety equipment to employees and ensure compliance with requirements for their use.
Saidy added that employers should also correct all unsafe and unhealthy conditions found during an inspection, among others.
by Samba Jawo