The Health and Safety (HESAG) Ghana, a policy institute Monday urged the government here to ratify key International Labor Organization (ILO) on occupational health and safety to protect workers in the country.
A statement released here Monday to commemorate the 2017 May Day celebration President of the group; Francis Dzifa Ahadzi expressed worry over the country’s inability to ratify ILO Conventions 155, 161, 170, 121 and 174.
The ILO estimates that 2.3 million people die every year through work related accidents and diseases.
“Health and Safety Ghana would like to use this opportunity to urge government to as a matter of urgency pass the occupational health and safety law, establish an authority to oversee matters of occupational health and safety in all sectors and speed up the ratification of the key ILO Conventions that are related to workplace health and safety,” the statement said.
The policy institute also reminded Ghanaian workers that workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility and human right.
The statement said, “HESAG would like to use this opportunity to remind all workers that the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 8 Target 8.8 provides for the protection of labor rights and promotion of safe and secure working environments for all workers including migrant workers, in particular women migrants and those in precarious employment.
We would like all employers and employees to know that workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility and a basic human right.”
May Day is an annual event marked globally to acknowledge the contribution of workers to the economies of their respective countries. Enditem
By Francis Tandoh/NewsGhana.com.gh