Samoa celebrates occupational safety day
Samoa has marked the “World Occupation, Health and Safety at Work Day” by recognising organisations that promoted a culture of workplace safety in the public and private sectors.
The Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, gave the keynote address to mark the day and highlighted the significance of the country working collaboratively to address the issue of health and safety at work.
"The Ministry of Labour relies on shared responsibilities with these stakeholders, such as the ACC, FESA, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Police, employers and employees to promote a preventive safety and health culture thus allowing workers to return safely to their homes and families at the end of each working day," he said.
"The third OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) stewardship award will acknowledge workplaces that in the past two financial years have made commitments by complying with legislative requirements of O.S.H.”
The Minister then congratulated numerous local workplaces on their achievements.
These included the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (Government Ministry), Samoa Shipping Corporation (State-owned enterprise), Craig Construction Company (construction industry), Samoa Meat Supplies and British American Tobacco (manufacturing industries), Vaimea Mart (wholesaling and supermarket industry), Sa'asa'ai Gas Service Station (retail industry), Georgie's Pizza (service industry) and Amoa Resort (tourism and hospitality industry).
A special prize was awarded to Samoa Shipping Corporation (public sector) and Samoa Meat Supplies (private sector) for “overall excellence of the promotion of O.S.H. in the workplaces.”
Lautafi also advised that O.S.H. matters will be enhanced and improved at all levels through a memorandum.
"I am happy to inform that as of today the 28th of April 2020, the Ministry and the National OSH Taskforce have managed to signed three memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health, Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority and the Ministry of Police in joint efforts to improve data collection on workplace accidents/incidents and illnesses/diseases," he added.
The Minister congratulated the O.S.H. Stewardship Award winners and acknowledged their compliance, advising that the certificates and prizes will be delivered to their respective workplaces.