GITEGA September 2nd (ABP) – The project manager of the international labor organization (ILO) related to occupational health and safety and social dialogue in Burundi, Mr. Calixte Nkurunziza, indicated that the committees of Hygiene, safety and health, very well functional, constitute a very important tool for the profitability of a company.
He called on Gitega employers to create or revitalize them.
It was during a workshop organized, for that purpose, jointly by the ministry having the work in its attributions with the office of the ILO in Burundi, for the employers of the public and private sectors and certain civil servants of the State, from August 31 to September 1, 2021, in the premises of the hotel “le petit Monde”, in Gitega (center of the country).
Speaking on the advantages of those committees, Mr. Nkurunziza said that they help the employer to identify the risks on the working environment and to find the appropriate measures to ensure the prevention, management and control of the business.
Also, “the creation of these committees allows companies to collect information in real time in relation to health and safety in the workplace”, he added.
The impact of that information will be to produce a healthy health of the workers which, in turn, will lead to the limitation of absenteeism at work, the reduction of the costs of the health care of the workers and that of the repair of the equipment of the work. company destroyed by accidents in the performance of the work.
In short, those committees constitute the essential lever for the economic prosperity of a company, he insisted.
In this period when the Covid-19 pandemic is raging, Mr. Nkurunziza said that experience has shown that the states that have set up the health and safety system in the workplace have resisted compared to others, following an organization displayed in terms of disease prevention and management.
The creation and revitalization of hygiene, safety and health committees in the workplace helps to minimize risks and maximize the profits of a company.
He thus indicated that the ILO will support Burundi in raising awareness on the creation and revitalization of these committees in the workplace.
The director general of labor at the aforementioned ministry thanked the ILO for that support, specifying that the ministry will seize the ball in the jump to carry out that activity so useful for the country.