ARUSHA: THE government has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) to register all workplaces by June next year and give them guidelines on how to protect their workers against health risks.
Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), Eng Cyprian Luhemeja, issued the directive over the weekend in Arusha when he launched the authority’s fifth Workers Council.
Eng Luhemeja said the OSHA has been entrusted to build a safe workforce, hence it must effectively fulfill the responsibility duty.
“OSHA is the institution which has been assigned the role to supervise the law on health and safety at workplaces. Therefore, as part of implementation of this law I instruct the authority to ensure that all workplaces that are yet to be registered should be registered,” he ordered.
He argued that the issue of safety at workplaces was key, and the OSHA should protect workers from risks, while emphasising awareness education among the employers.
Speaking after the launching of the Workers Council, Chief Executive Officer of the OSHA, Ms Khadija Mwenda, said the authority has received the directives for implementation.
“The Workers’ Council meeting aims to assess our performance in the 2022/23 financial year as well as in first quarter of the current year. We also discuss how better to implement the directives given to us,” Ms Mwenda pointed out.
The launching of the council went along with the election of members of the executive committee and leaders.
Commenting, Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA), Mr Heri Mkunda, praised the OSHA for effectively implementing the agreement of Workers’ Councils, hence becoming among 20 institutions that have best councils in the country.
“It is legal requirement that all institutions should have workers council in order to give opportunity to employees to participate in making decisions for their institutions,” he said.
He used the platform urging other employers to ensure that workers councils are in place.