Workplace health and safety

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Hon. Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea (Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries)

Hon. Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Leuatea (Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries)

 Samoa celebrated World Day of Safety and Health at Work last Thursday. 

However judging by the results of an inspection into 231 workplaces, there was not a lot to celebrate in terms of standards being well met.

AWARDS NIGHT: Presenters and guests celebrating at the the Stewardship Award Ceremony.

AWARDS NIGHT: Presenters and guests celebrating at the the Stewardship Award Ceremony.

AWARDS NIGHT: Presenters and guests celebrating at the the Stewardship Award Ceremony.
AWARDS NIGHT: Presenters and guests celebrating at the the Stewardship Award Ceremony.

Sixty five percent of workplaces did not even reach more than 50 percent of the total Occupational Health and Safety standards.   

Chief Executive Officer of M.C.I.L. Peseta Margaret Malua admitted this is a challenge for Samoa.

In the evening, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour jointly with the Accident Compensation Corporation and other sponsors, hosted a Stewardship Award Ceremony at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

“The Awards presentation is one way to challenge our workplaces to integrate Occupational Safety and Health into their workplaces,” she said.

“[By] raising awareness of safety and health at work, and taking appropriate action, we can prevent future accidents, injuries and deaths.”

Twelve winners from different sectors – hospitality, manufacturing, construction, retail, food and beverage, public bodies and State Owned Enterprises, Gas and Petrol suppliers received awards on the night.

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