The Technical Entrepreneur, Vocational and Training Authority (Teveta) has asked employers to take safety issues as priority in their workplaces.
Teveta Mzuzu Service Centre manager McLove Kamba said this last Friday in Mzuzu where he closed a week-long workshop on occupational health and safety for participants from levy-compliant organisations in the Northern Region.
“Work-related accidents and diseases continue to have serious consequences with an estimated 2.3 million fatalities per year and economic losses of four percent of global GDP. This is according to African Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety of August 2010,” said Kamba.
He told the participants that health and safety issues are important in engineering, management and in other fields.
Kamba expressed concern that safety issues pose new risks to the workplaces.
“These [new risks] are being influenced by rapid and constant development of technologies, changing conditions of work, new work organisation and practices, social and psychological factors,” he said.
Dr Cedric Sapuwa, from Premium Cane, said the training has equipped participant with safety tools, urging them to share knowledge gained with fellow workers.