Theme: Act together to build a positive safety and health culture
As an Ambassador of Safety and Wellness I have been on a mission to help create a Culture of Safety around through creation of awareness targeting the informal sector. I train people on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to incidents in a manner that is Safe, Prompt and Effective, as well as advising on the appropriate and quality Safety Equipment. My emphasis has been to have every person become safety conscious as Safety is both an individual and collective responsibility that begins with Me, You and All of Us.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will be commemorated on 28 April 2022 and will explore the topic of participation and social dialogue in creating a positive safety and health culture.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that having a strong OSH system, which includes meaningful participation of governments, employers, workers, public health actors and all relevant parties at the national and enterprise level, has been crucial in protecting working environments and safeguarding the safety and health of workers.
Through effective social dialogue, governments and social partners actively participate in all phases of OSH decision-making processes. This is important from the development and revision of OSH policy and regulatory frameworks to address persistent and new OSH challenges, to actual application at workplace level. Social dialogue not only contributes to improving OSH policies and strategies, but it is also essential to build ownership and commitment, easing the way for their rapid and more effective implementation.
At the workplace level, a strong OSH culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is valued and promoted by both management and workers. A positive OSH culture is built on inclusion, through the meaningful involvement of all parties in the ongoing improvement of safety and health at work. In a workplace with a strong OSH culture, workers feel comfortable raising concerns about possible OSH risks or hazards in the workplace and management is proactive in collaborating with workers to find appropriate, effective and sustainable solutions. This requires open communication and dialogue built on trust and mutual respect.
As we continue to live through a global health crisis and face ongoing OSH risks in the world of work, we must continue to move toward building a strong safety and health culture at all levels.
The World Day will be commemorated on the 28 April 2022 and ILO will be spearheading the campaign globally and in Kenya, the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services(DOSHS) will be conducting assessments, giving awards and hosting a conference.
As the Ambassador of Safety I will be at different media stations and informal settlements sensitizing the public on building a culture of Safety at all places all the time. You can also follow me on all social media platforms @AmbSteveMbugua and Hashtag #WorldSafetyDay2022 for daily Safety awareness and free materials. #SafetyFirst #SafetyAlways #SafetyAllTheTime