The Member of Parliament for Maun East, Frank Ramsden, has called on organizations in Botswana to prioritize safety and health for their employees in the workplace.
Speaking during the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work in Maun last week, the MP said that organizations should not compromise the lives of their employees for economic gains.
“As we grow our economy and protect our environment, we should not do so at the expense of the worker,” he said.
Ramsden raised concern, saying that the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimations have revealed that every day at least 6000 workers lose their lives from traumatic injuries and ill health in the workplace around the world. He said this shows that some of the jobs done by employees are fatal. He warned of the dire need to guard against such fateful incidents.
Relating to the theme of the event, “Green Jobs: Promoting safety and health in a green economy”, the MP said that the theme challenges Batswana and everyone else in the world to turn to more environmental friendly economic activities.
“This is in view of climatic changes that are a result of environmental unfriendly economic activities of the past two hundred years or so, following the industrial revolution in Europe,” Ramsden said.
He said that in order to minimize the impact of the unfriendly economic activities, some of the countries are beginning to turn to ways that are more environmental friendly.
Ramsden added that countries are seeking more sustainable sources of energy, such as solar power, wind and recycling of waste to reduce environmental destructive consumption and depletion of non-renewable resources.
“All these developments further call for introspection in our part, on the design of safety and health into our production processes or into the life-cycle of our products, from conception, through design, use by consumers to disposal by those who handle and dispose of the resultant waste,” he said.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a day set aside by the International Labour Organization to raise awareness on the importance of health and safety in the workplace for employees.
The day is commemorated annually on the 28th of April.