Minister stresses health and safety at work


28-April-2009

The appeal is made by Minister for Employment and Human Resources Development MacsuzyMinister Mondon Mondon in her message to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which falls today.

The full text of her message reads:

“This world day has, since 2003, been commemorated every year as an initiative of the International Labour Organisation.

“In 2009 the ILO celebrates its 90th anniversary since its creation in 1919, and this year’s chosen theme is: Health and life at work – a basic human right.

“We in Seychelles, a member of the ILO, find this theme not only fitting but highly significant as we intensify the global campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work.

“This theme is an extension of last year’s theme: Managing risk in the work environment with the slogan: My life, my work, my safe work. 

“It is equally appropriate and pertinent as a reminder that in spite of the global economic and financial crisis, health and life at work as a basic human right cannot be overlooked.

“We have to maintain and sustain good behavioural attitudes towards safety and health at workplaces, at home and everywhere we may be, entrenching it into our culture.

“As we celebrate our national theme this year, Come Together Seychellois, my ministry seeks to reinforce our beliefs and value systems regarding safety and health at work.

“I wish to call on all employers to continue to improve the provision of protection of our workers. Equally, I urge our workers to make good use of the protective equipment, mechanism and knowledge they have acquired through training. Good health is good business and good business is economic growth.

“Accidents are costly, I need not remind you of that. We have recently experienced how swiftly lives can be lost at work. 

“I note with appreciation the firm commitment of our usual partners, employers, workers, the private sector and the churches. I am happy that the Department of Risk and Disaster Management, the Seychelles Ports Authority and other new partners are joining us in the preparedness and awareness programmes being undertaken at national level.

“Likewise many workplaces are showing increased interest in educating their workers in the various safety and health laws in the country. This is very encouraging in this spirit of Come Together Seychellois, and I urge others to join us in this endeavour.

“Let us go beyond talking safety and health, let us live safety and health. I wish all the citizens and residents of Seychelles all the best on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work.”

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