Published On: Thu, Apr 30th, 2015

Civil Service Minister calls for safety and health culture at workplace

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The Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms is looking forward to the full collaboration of all stakeholders to nurture a culture of excellence for creating the necessary conditions for a harmonious work environment in the public service. It is therefore of paramount importance that a safety and health culture at the workplace should be the concern of both employers and employees.

This statement was made yesterday at Domaine les Pailles by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr A. Wong, during the official opening of a workshop on the theme: Join in building a culture of prevention on Occupational Safety and Health.

The workshop was held on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, observed on 28 April with the goal to create awareness on occupational safety and health matters within the Public Service and secure top management commitment in that respect.

Minister Wong pointed out that it is increasingly being recognised that the protection of life and health at work is a fundamental human right and that a decent work implies safe work. He added that in this context, employees’ cooperation and participation in building a culture of prevention in occupational safety and health is vital at workplace level.

The Minister underlined that it is the aim of the Government to transform Mauritius into a modern and forward looking country keeping in mind the safety and health of government employees. He further stated that the Government aims at having a civil service where employees evolve in a sound environment and participate as key players in enhancing the productivity of their respective organisations and the country at large.

He also recalled that in order to achieve a sound Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) performance and to comply with Legal requirements, the Ministry of Civil Service has so far implemented the OSH Management System in some 15 organisations and is planning to extend the OSH System to some 16 additional organisations.

The World Day for Safety and Health is celebrated worldwide every year on the 28th April. In fact, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) started observing the World Day for Safety and Health at the work as from April 2003. The ILO is committed to advancing opportunities for people to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

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