MCIT Leads the Way for Occupational Safety and Health Standards

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The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is the OSH Compliance Award Winner for the Government Ministry category of MCIL’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Stewardship Award.

In commemoration of the ILO World Day for Safety and Health on the 28th of April, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) held its 3rd Annual OSH Stewardship Awards to recognise and acknowledge workplaces that have made the commitment to comply with legislation requirements for OSH.

Today, the Minister for MCIL Honorable Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell conducted an official handover to the OSH Compliance award winners.

MCIL Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell hands award to MCIT CEO Fualau Talatalaga Matau Matafeo

Lautafi congratulated and acknowledged the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Hon Afamasaga Rico Tupai, and the management of MCIT for prioritising the safety and health of their workers and ensuring compliance with OSH requirements in Samoa.

Occupational Safety and Health in workplaces is regulated by MCIL under the OSH Act 2002OSH Regulations 2017. The Ministry’s OSH Division gives relevant advisory on preventative measures, safety & health guidelines as per mandated under the legislations by initiating and facilitating awareness programmes for employers in Upolu and Savaii.

“We also hosting OSH Task force meetings, this is an opportunity for reps from employer and employees sides to meet and discuss OSH issues in the workplace”.

“The OSH team undertakes regular inspections to ensure compliance. We advise employers of their obligations, workers on their rights, whole of government on preventative measures to reduce potential work place accidents and illnesses, and we are responsible for the assessment and issuance of employment permits”.

Through initiatives such as the OSH Stewardship Awards, MCIL hopes that OSH standards are maintained and adhered to at all times with Government Ministries and Corporations called upon to lead the way.