CTI Vice chairman, Shabbir Zavery told journalists that the training organised by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will help employers to protect the health of employees as well as ensure they have a better understanding of the OSHA general industry standards.
“We are happy that OSHA has responded to our request to train employers. Members were also impressed with the information that OSHA had started to implement the blueprint reforms with the reduction of some fees”, he said noting the move will motivate business people to register with the authority.
According to Zavery, health issues are of great importance to workers since they need to be healthier to operate industrial machines. Implementation of the business environment, improvement blueprint has somehow improved business environment with abolishing of some nuisance taxes and fees which were adding up to the costs of operations.
In his presentation on OSHA fees and charges, health manager, Jerome Materu said they have started to implement the blueprint by abolishing five fees namely, registration fees, application fees, compliance license fees, consultant fees and penalty which was charged in case of lack of firefighting equipment at specific work places.
“We now have overlapping fees with fire department”, he noted.
Materu said it is important that employers ensure safe working environment because it helps to reduce administrative costs, portrays a good image of the institution, increases productivity and results into high morale of the employees.
He however, noted that as part of implementation of the blueprint, OSHA had reduce the time for registration licence from 14 to one day and compliance processing time from 28 days to one day for those operating industries in Dar es Salaam and three days for employers in upcountry regions. He said they are also working to launch online application.
Official implementation of business environment improvement blueprint started in July, this year with purposes of improving Tanzania’s investment climate to further meet the country’s industrialization objectives.
The ministerial cabinet approved the blueprint in 2018, setting the stage for a draft of amendments to laws and regulations governing conducting business in Tanzania.
The blueprint that was prepared after thorough consultations with various private sector stakeholders with the government initiating amendments of various laws, including legislation on value-added tax (VAT), immigration, labour, social security and environmental management, as well as indicative prices for imports.