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By Ettah Sakwiya

Occupation safety, health and environment training ended with a call on participants to comply with National, Regional and International laws on environmental safety by putting in place enabling policies that would help to avert injuries and loss of life due to work related preventable accidents.

Speaking in Lilongwe on 13th October during the end of a five-day course on Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment, Central Region TEVET Authority Regional Service Centre Manager, Mr. Victor Luwambalala said matters on occupational safety, Health and Environment are now becoming an important aspect at workplace hence the need for employees to be equipped with hazard prevention skills for human welfare.

“As TEVET Authority, we realize that customers of stakeholder’s products and services are comfortable with goods and services that are produced under circumstances that follow key international Health, Safety and Environmental standards, as such it is our belief that the participants in this training would be able to carry out health audit at their respective workplaces and have sound Health policies that all the workforce will be able to understand and adhere to at all times” Luwambalala said. 

Speaking on the sidelines of the training, one of the participants Mary Salanje, Human resource and administrative manager at Agricultural Trading Company (ATC) said the training is not only a want but also a need, she commended TEVETA for conducting such training by highlighting that every company is prone to different accidents and it is essential that such trainings are conducted and every company participates.

She said ATC sales agriculture products and chemicals which are used in the agricultural sector and as such, that requires someone with a knowledge on safety measures and TEVETA has indeed come as a saviour.

“It is the first time that ATC is participating under trainings at TEVETA, the training has covered a number of areas where we as an organization has benefitted, as a human resource manager, I have to know how to handle chemical hazards at the warehouse where the goods that we distribute are kept and distributed to various shops, accidents like people falling from cliffs, harmful chemical fumes being inhaled so whatever we have learnt here is relevant to us,” said Mrs Salanje.

Concurring with Mrs Salanje, Mr Humphrey Kalele Gunchi, Assistant Registrar at Kamuzu College of Nursing said he will be able to develop safety policy and come up with a risk database management that will help in putting measures to make all employees safe.

The training is held under the Public Private Sector Training programme with an aim to bridge skills and performance gaps among existing employees at the workplace so as to increase productivity and delivery of high quality products on the market” and participants nominated by their respective companies come together for a short training intervention.

The training drew 42 participants from various levy compliant companies and organisations. According to Mr. Luwamabalala the training was the first of twenty-five courses in the 2017/2018 Training Calendar which shall be conducted across the country and by June 2018, about 540 participants from different communities would have benefitted from this stated intervention in various fields and at different levels at the workplace.