TUCTA urges OSHA drive on work-based hazards

24May 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
TUCTA urges OSHA drive on work-based hazards

THE Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) has appealed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to intensify efforts to protect workers from diseases and accidents caused by unsafe occupational environments that are below international standards and hazardous to health.

TUCTA Secretary General Dr Yahaya Msigwa.

TUCTA Secretary General Dr Yahaya Msigwa made this appeal in a statement to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019 recently.

The trade unionist expressed satisfaction with the performance of the occupational safety agency in protecting workers through the Occupational Safety Act, 2003.

He said Osha’s has been at the forefront in ensuring that workers are protected at work, noting that the campaign has trickled down to various agencies.

Studies by the International Labour Organization (ILO) stress the link between long hours of work and disease, contributing to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers yearly, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of job exactions.

Reports that almost three million workers die each year from occupational accidents and work related diseases is reflected in this year’s theme for the 2019 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, “Safety and Health and the Future of Work.”

It is estimated that in 2015, there were 2.4 million deaths due to fatal work-related diseases, an increase of 0.4 million compared to 2011. In total, it is estimated that more than 7,500 people die every day, with about 1,000 deaths arising from occupational accidents and 6,500 from work-related diseases.

Most Tanzanians are not covered by occupational health and safety law and do not access occupational health services.

An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) audit conducted in Tanzania in 2012 revealed that fatality rates differ sector-wise, ranging from 0.12percent to 2.4 percent, the construction sector being the lead, followed by the transport and mining sectors.