A safety passport has been introduced in the Ghanaian Occupational Health and Safety market by Sheq Foundation an NGO in occupational Health and safety based in Ghana.
The passport in the long term is intended to be a required license in order to be able to operate in any industry across the sub region.
Sheq Foundation, which also operates in the West African sub Region, launched the passport Monday 29th April in Accra to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work which falls on 28th April every year.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated every year to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.
Speaking at the launch, Richard Adu Darko, Executive Secretary of Sheq Foundation, explained the idea of the Safety Passport.
The Safety Passport, he said, had been established in response to the needs identified within industry, prompting the Foundation to developed and extended the Safety Passport culture across all interested sectors such as mining, manufacturing, oil and gas and construction.
The Foundation has also developed a module to be studied called the Sheq Passport Book. Upon completion of the book-study, an assessment will be undertaken in groups after which a passport in the form of an ID will be issued to suggest that one has undertaken basic training and understanding in Occupational safety and Health.
The passport book, the Foundation believes will enable workers to understand basic safety rules in any industry. He noted that this is not an academic qualification and it is not intended to replace any certification in safety but to enhance the understanding of safety at the work place.
According to him civil society has to work beyond rhetoric in order to be able to reduce the occurrence of workplace accidents that occur as a result of the breach of basic safety procedures.
He urged Industry and Government to embrace the concept of Safety Passport to make to enhance health and safety standards at all levels among workers.