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GPHA observes World Day of Safety and Health at Work

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The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) joined other organizations worldwide to mark the World Day of Safety and Health at Work on April 28. The International Labour Organization (ILO) dedicated the day to emphasizing the importance of creating a safe and healthy work environment and providing practical ways to achieve it.

GPHA’s General Manager in charge of Health Services, Dr. Vitus Victor Anaab-Bisi, reiterated the need for a healthy workforce, stating that it translates into the wealth of the organization. He called on both management and staff to prioritize their health as it would boost productivity.

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Edward Heyman, the Fire and Safety Manager at Tema Port, urged workers to strictly adhere to prescribed safety practices, and the Harbour Master, Capt. Francis Kwesi Micah, implored staff to familiarize themselves with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, which stipulates minimum safety requirements for players in the maritime industry.

Frances Jemima Anabia-Tiah, GPHA’s ISO Coordinator, urged staff to embrace a culture of safety-consciousness. She emphasized that safety should be a lifestyle, not just a workplace requirement.

The Director of the Port of Tema, Sandra Opoku, encouraged staff to make safety their top priority, regardless of their work environment. She said that embracing safety practices would prevent workplace accidents and ensure workers’ well-being.

For the most part, the gathering emphasized the importance of prioritizing safety and health at the workplace. The speakers highlighted various ways to achieve this, including adopting a safety-conscious culture, adhering to prescribed safety practices, and being familiar with safety requirements and conventions in the industry.

GPHA’s commitment to prioritizing safety and health at the workplace is commendable, and it is hoped that their efforts will inspire other organizations to follow suit. A safe and healthy work environment is not only beneficial to employees but also translates to increased productivity and profitability for the organization.

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