Training in occupational health and safety

n the last two decades, training in occupational health and safety has gained increasing attention in many countries within the Africa region, and demand is on the increase. Driving this is the economic growth of most countries, and diversification in economic sectors such as oil, gas, mining and other extractive industries, commercial farming, and construction. This growth is also accompanied by the emergence of new technologies at the workplace, which, although they improve efficiency and productivity, are also accompanied by new risks that require new knowledge and innovative methods for their safe use and application. Improvements in economies are accompanied by new demands for improved social standards and quality of life, including at the workplace. This phenomenon is further
amplified by globalization, meaning that countries now face new unforeseen occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges. This is to the detriment of low-resourced countries, especially as regards OSH knowledge, research and information. Countries are therefore challenged to implement training programmes that not only respond
to their immediate national needs but also anticipate emerging risks. This requires long-term investment in training, based on a multidisciplinary approach.

Source: African Newsletter, Volume 25, number 3, December 2015.

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