The second West African Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (WASHEQ) Conference, has been held in Accra with a call on management of institutions to adopt deliberate policies to ensure accident free environment for workers.
Mr Richard Adu Darko, Executive Secretary WASHEQ Foundation, organisers of the event, said actions that promoted work place safety allowed for the achievement of organizational goals and inured to the long-term benefit of the institutions.
The West Africa SHEQ’s Conference and Exhibition is an annual gathering of stakeholders in the area of occupational safety and health across industries to deliberate and learn best practices in HSE (health, safety and environment), to help reduce workplace accidents.
The inaugural event was held in Ghana in September 2011.
The 2012 edition attracted over 300 professionals from African countries. Sectors that participated in the event include manufacturing, construction, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, marine and a host of Government agencies.
WASHEQ 2012 was held on the theme: “Striving for HSE excellence –best practices from the developing world.”
The conference had an exhibition and breakout sessions that made interactions and learning very effective. The success of the 2011 event had resulted in calls for the 2012 conference to be held in Ghana again.
Mr Darko said the success of last year’s event, during which far-reaching recommendations were made to enhance safety and quality practices led to demands for such more interactions among stakeholders to keep issues of safety on the radar.
He called on managers to always be prepared to take proactive measures to reduce workplace accidents.
Alfred Chinbuah, Health, Safety and Loss Prevention Manager, Newmont, said qualified health and safety practitioners were now being recruited to drive the implementation of actions that guaranteed safety of workers.