A health, safety and environment group called Hybrid Ghana Limited (HGL), which aims at providing a hazard free environment as well as reducing occupational accidents in the country, has been launched in Accra.
HGL, a local group with global and international appeals, has the primary goal of training corporate communities in the country with both local and international standards, Mr Dapo Omolade, Technical Director of HGL, said in Accra.
Addressing stakeholders at the official launch of HGL, Mr Omolade said the group which had integrity, commitment and excellence as its values would help reduce cost and promote safety in the country.
With our presence in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States of America, we thought it wise to bring HGL to the knowledge of the corporate community of Ghana to position health safety on a higher pedestal, he said.
“We are bringing what is worthy and done in previous countries to Ghana,” he said.
Mr Omolade said apart from promoting health, safety and environment, HGL was also a training and consulting services firm that organises awareness creation programmes to the health and safety professionals in the country.
Dr Mrs Bernice Welbeck, Acting Executive Secretary, National Labour Commission, lauded HGL for an initiative that would not only promote health safety in the country but at the various offices in the country.
She called for safety and safety consciousness in the various workplaces and noted that there is the need for safety departments in all organisations.
Mr Fred Ohene Mensah, Chief Inspector of Factories, Department of Factories Inspections, said HGL would help ensure that health and safety is not compromised in the country.
“Every person has the right to work under healthy and safe environment, and we are going to prosecute people who are not making that worthwhile for their employees,” he said.
Mr Ohene Mensah said the Department of Factories Inspections was going to pass a bill that would give roles, rights and responsibilities to workers and employees to ensure operational safety.
“In the new bill no one can employ any one without education, hence our collaboration with HGL,” he said.
Opanin Obeng-Fosu, Former Chief Labour Officer, said the launch was appropriate as workers needed to work in healthy safety environment.
He said accidents at work places are inevitable and workers as well as employees needed not to be exposed to environmental hazards.
The launch brought together communities and other stakeholders in Accra to deliberate on issues of health safety and the appropriate ways of promoting them.
There was also a free training for 20 participant and certificates were awarded to them, Mr Omolade told the Ghana News Agency in an interview at the launch.
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