By: Smart Olawale
“Tanzanians still do not know the consequences of ignoring their health and the preventive measures that should be taken into consideration at workplaces”.
Two Tanzanian safety professionals who spoke with HSENations in separate interviews have decried the relatively low consciousness and awareness of safety in Tanzania workplaces.
One of them, Shukrani Nyalusi, who is currently a safety officer at Larsen & Toubro Company Ltd narrated how he became a safety practitioner in the country by sheer providence.
Years ago, Shukrani was admitted into Teofilo Kisanji University to study Environmental Education and Conservation. According to him, he had thought he was destined to become a school teacher.
He recalled how the lucky exposure to the concept of Occupational Health and Safety redirected his path towards a career in safety, making him join Kalpataru Power Transmission to get hands-on experience on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for two years.
In his word, Shukrani said Safety is not a subject that is “much known to the people especially workers”, he adjudged based on his random research that there is “very low” drive from the country’s industrial and construction sector to comply with HSE.
In agreement with Shukrani, the Chairman of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania, Kayombo Meinlulf added that “Safety has not been taken into much consideration [in the country] yet, despite the efforts from Government agencies and other health-related organizations”.
He told our correspondent that “Tanzanians still do not know the consequences of ignoring their health and the preventive measures that should be taken into consideration at workplaces”.
Skukrani demanded the immediate intervention of international media organization like HSENations to champion safety advocacy in his country and around the world. According to him, “HSE is all about People’s life need. Everyone needs to be free from hazards around his or her workplace.”
On the other hand, Mr. Kayombo stressed that, in his capacity, he has coordinated and organized training and seminars aimed at creating awareness about safety.
In the same vein, he lauded the country’s government for their effort to promote HSE Knowledge.
The government has been involved by “providing education among the Tanzanian community and also imposing penalties on people who still do not give regards to health and safety rules of a workplace” he said.
Smart Olawale is a Journalist (writing for HSENations), Marketing & Communication Enthusiast, Digital Marketer, Speaker and Educationist.
He holds a B.Sc Degree in Mass Communication from the prestigious Olabisi Onabanjo University.
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