Government has been asked to sign onto the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention (155) to ensure effective occupational health and safety in and around workplaces.

“The Factory, Shop and Office Act currently in operation in Ghana limits the Factories Inspectorate Division in the execution of its duty”, Dr Stephen Ankamah-Lomotey, Metropolitan Director of Factories, Tema has said.

He said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on how workers and the public could be protected from industrial related fires and hazards in the wake of the explosion of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) pipeline, which claimed the life of an innocent passerby.

According to him, Article 4 (2) states, “The aim of the policy shall be to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment”.

Dr Ankomah-Lomotey said Article 3 (c) of the Act which states, “the term workplace covers all places where workers need to be or to go by reason of their work and which are under the direct or indirect control of the employer,” was a veritable piece of law that offers protection for even members of the public who may suffer injury by the activities or installations of industry. Read more

Courtesy: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation