AHEAD of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to be marked on Friday this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) has built awareness among 300 entrepreneurs in Mtwara over such matters.
The training, which was conducted in collaboration with the office of the Special Seats MP in the Region, Ms Agnes Hokororo, was meant to build understanding on how to avoid risks that could lead to accidents or diseases at places of their activities.
Speaking during the event to wind up the training, Ms Hokororo said the training would increase efficiency and reduce their operating costs.
“I urge all entrepreneurs who benefited from the training to ensure they observe guidelines on safety and health at workplaces because failure to do so may affect their productivity,” she said.
OSHA’s Manager for Southern Zone, Mr Wilbert Ngowi, explained that the training was part of activities towards marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
In Tanzania, the Day will be commemorated from April 26-28 and nationally will be marked in Morogoro Region at Tumbaku grounds.
This year’s theme for World Day is ‘A safe and healthy working environment is a fundamental principle and right at work’.
“The OSHA has seen it important to have the training for entrepreneurs ahead of commemorating the day because this is also a productive group that need to avoid risks. Most of them did not have knowledge on avoiding such risks at their workplaces,” Mr Ngowi stated.
The benefited entrepreneurs from different groups in the region expressed appreciation for the training, admitting that it would bring positive results in their activities.
“Before this training, we did not know a proper way of conducting our activities by observing guidelines for safety and health. But now we have learned many things and understood,” Ms Eva Mhilu, one of the entrepreneurs, said.