Occupational and health workers under the auspices of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), will next month meet to deliberate on the issues that face the business community regionally and globally.
The association in a statement explained that the conference will among others, discuss how the application of good safety and health principles at work will bring sustainable competitive advantage.
With the theme “A brighter, safer future for workers and businesses in West Africa”, this year’s conference will hold between September 16 and 17, 2021.
Participants will debates and listen to keynote presentations and panel discussions involving, among many others, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Global Compact, the Lagos State Safety Commission, the Ghana Health Service and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
The online conference, which is free to join, follows a hugely successful event last year, attended by over 900 representatives of government departments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, industry and academia. Within months, IOSH inaugurated its West Africa Division, whose members include safety and health professionals working in Ghana, Nigeria and West African countries. It is IOSH’s first network on the continent of Africa and is continuing to attract new members and the possibility of potential collaborations with other institutions based in the region.
The conference will demonstrate the increasingly critical role of occupational safety and health professionals in business planning for all kinds of organisation, whether they are in the private, public or voluntary sector, no matter what their size, from micro-organisation to multinational. In particular, they have a central role to play in recovering economically from the Covid-19 pandemic. This recovery is not merely tactical and operational but an imperative for long-term sustainability.
One key message of the conference will be that the protection of workers must be an essential part of business planning if organisations are to survive and prosper in the future.
Governments, businesses and organisations will be urged to plan with this consideration in mind.