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In Abuja FG to launch reviewed occupational safety checklist

The document will be launched by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as part of activities to mark 2016 World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrated on April 28 every year.

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The Federal Government will on Thursday launch a reviewed Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Inspection Checklist for the country, a statement has said.

The information is contained in a statement issued by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, in Abuja on Monday.

The document will be launched by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as part of activities to mark 2016 World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrated on April 28 every year.

It stated that the checklist would help to strengthen the National Occupational Safety and Health Inspection system in accordance to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard.

"According to the ILO convention C187, National Occupational Safety and Health culture was one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels."

It said the OSH Inspection Checklist was meant to ensure uniformity and effective OSH Inspection System as well as provide a useful tool for self-evaluation at enterprise level.

The minister will also declare open a symposium to mark the annual international campaign to promote safety, health and decent work, the statement said.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign against millions of workers losing their lives through accidents and diseases linked to their work.

The theme for the 2016 celebration is '`Workplace Stress: A collective Challenge’’, to reflect on the pressure faced by workers in relation to the conditions and demands of their work.

"Beyond psychosocial risk factors, the workplace is becoming more stressful and work-related stress is generally acknowledged as a global issue, affecting all countries, the professions and workers,’’ the statement said.

It called on all stakeholders at all levels of the economy to attend the 2016 Symposium scheduled to hold at the National Human Rights Commission Auditorium, Abuja.

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