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Officials Commemorate World Health and Safety at Work
EThekwini Municipality's Occupational Health and Safety Unit in partnership with the Municipal Institute of Learning hosted a seminar in commemoration of the World Health and Safety Day 2019, on 29th May 2019 at the Durban ICC. 

Inspired by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) centenary anniversary and discussions on the future of work, the seminar endeavoured to take stock of work in improving occupational safety and health. It was attended by more than 100 health and safety chairpersons from eThekwini and other municipalities within KZN. 
Dr Mplio Ngubane, Acting Deputy City Manager of Corporate and Human Resources at EThekwini Municipality welcomed officials to the event highlighting the learning platform seminars provide.

“Seminars like these are designed to enhance practitioner’s development in terms of health and safety. It also provides opportunities for networking not just within eThekwini but beyond the municipality, said Dr Ngubane. 

Dr Fathima Suleman, Acting Head of eThekwini’s Occupational Health and Safety Unit provided the background on World Health and Safety Day. “The awareness raising campaign is designed to focus international attention on the magnitude of health and safety issues and promote a health and safety culture said Dr Suleman.    

Director of Occupational Health and Safety at the Department of Labour Mr. Phumudzo Maphaha spoke about Legal Compliance – in relation to the establishment and functions of Occupational Health and Safety Committees in the workplace.  

During his presentation Maphaha mentioned the ILO’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management System. He said, “The employer should show commitment to OSH activities in the organisation, and make appropriate arrangements for the establishments of an OSH management system as a minimum compliance with national laws and regulations.”

According to ILO the OSH Management System is imperative to continual improvement of working environments and preventive measures. The ILO guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems provides guidance for action at the national and enterprise levels. 

Director of ILO Africa, Dr Joni Musabayana shared the background of the ILO Health and Safety in the Future campaign. During his presentation Dr Musabayana explained what the ILO envisions as the future of work and the changing nature of work. "OSH has been the centre of ILO work and its mandate. The skills of OSH have to change in line with new technology and 4IR."

With informative presentations and a facilitated plenary, the seminar provided a conducive learning platform to engage on the fundamental changes occurring in Occupational Health and Safety.

Download Presentations below:

 Presentations: Health and Safety Seminar

Background on World health and safety day-Fathima Suleman.pdf
COID-Nobantu Morrison.pdf
Department of Labour-Phumudzo Maphaha.pdf
ILO Presentation.pdf

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