By Nation Reporter
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has called on employers to train their employees in Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001) standard, to promote a safe and healthy work environment.
Bureau head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu explained that some of the benefits of training in this management system were that it helped organisations to identify hazards and conduct risk assessment.
Ms Zulu further explained that the system also helped to improve employee awareness of risks and, therefore, devised strategies to avoid them as well as improving levels of compliance to health and safety legislation.
“We realise that workers are a critical resource to every organisation that desires to enhance service delivery. We, therefore, advise all employers to ensure that their workers are trained in this very important management systems standard.
“In the last six months ZABS has trained 42 individuals in this management system standard. Some of the organisations that are benefitting from such training include ZANACO Bank, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Tiger Animal Feeds to mention but a few,” she said.
She said training in OHSAS 18001 would equip workers with skills to enable them identify and control health and safety risks.
Ms Zulu said the OHSAS 18001 also reduced the potential for accidents in work places which would result in improved overall organisational and economic performance.
“As a bureau, we join the rest of the world in commemorating this year’s International Labour Day which fell on 1st May with this pertinent message to all employers in Zambia,” she said.