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Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development
Department of Occupational Health and Safety
Department of Occupational Health and Safety

The Department of Occupational Health & Safety deals with regulation of the condition of employment in Factories and other places as regards the safety health and welfare of persons employed therein and for the safety and inspection of certain plant and machinery and for the purposes incidental to or connected with matters aforesaid. So the department derives its mandated from the Factories Act CAP 44:01.

 The Factories Act:

  •  Makes provision for the regulation of condition of employment as regards safety, health and welfare of workers, and
  • Makes provision for the safety and inspection of certain plant and machinery

 The act applies to a wide variety of workplaces; it applies to places where:

  1. Construction, reconstruction, or repairs of locomotives, vehicles or other plant (used for transport purposes in connection with transport, industrial or commercial undertaking are carried out.
  2. Printing by letterpress, lithography, photogravure, or bookbinding is carried on.
  3. Mechanical power is used in connection with sewage works.
  4. ‘Articles’- i.e. solid , liquids, or gases, or any combination thereof – are made, altered, repaired, ornamented, finished, cleaned, washed, broken up, demolished, or adapted for sale.
  5. Persons are employed in connection with the generation of electricity or supply of water.
  6. Any railway line or siding used in connection with or for the purpose of a factory.
  7. Building operations – i.e. the construction of any railway line or siding, and the construction, structural alteration or repair (including repainting) or the demolition of any tunnel, bridge, viaduct, waterworks, reservoir, pipeline, aqueduct, sewer, sewage works, or gas holder.
  8. Hoist and lift in non factory premises, other than private dwellings.

 Service Offered By DOHS

  • Inspecting factories in order to ensure compliance with the factories Act and set occupational health and safety standards.
  • Investigation of occupational accidents and diseases to determine the causes of industrial accidents in order to ascertain whether the accident was a result of non- compliance to the law or otherwise; also to prevent physical and physiological injuries.
  • Examining factories plans and physical structures in order to ascertain whether the meet the requirement of the Factories Act before they can operate as Factories.
  • Registration and Monitoring plant examination and testing that ensures the safety of pressure vessels, lifting machines and equipment, lifts and hoist. The department also appoints and monitors the work of appointed examiners.
  • Public education that is performed through presentations, seminars and workshop and the DOHS information resources centre, library, and also through other media houses, television and radio.
  •  Registration of premises used as factories.

 Why is occupational health and safety important?

The primary goal of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is to foster and nourish a healthy and safe work environment for all individuals in the work field. Besides the employer and employee, the Occupational Health Safety could also help protect the co-workers, members of the family, customers and other individuals who might possibly be affected by the work environment.

The importance of Occupational Health and Safety is mainly to reduce the number of workplace injuries, medical illnesses and deaths, hence leading to decreased in workers compensation, medical expenses and insurance costs.

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