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African experts discuss work accidents, occupational diseases


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Senior representatives and technical specialists of various social security institutions in Africa and beyond are in Banjul exchanging ideas and experiences on good practices and the need for prevention of hazards at workplaces.The Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) in The Gambia is hosting the two-day seminar technical seminar organised by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) with SSHFC and Gambia’s Labour Department.

The seminar is also meant to give guidance to develop high performing accident insurance systems.

Speaking on the occasion, ISSA Project Manager Bernd Treichel said the technical seminar presents a great opportunity to further advance the discussions in the area of occupational safety and health, occupational challenges in high-risk sector, approaches to occupational diseases in Africa and social protection and prevention in social security.

Treichel added that providing social security involve more than just meeting needs as and when they arise, or helping individuals and families to make the best possible adjustments when faced with contingencies, but, also put efforts in preventing risks from emerging in these places.

A strong prevention culture is essential in minimizing work accidents and occupational diseases in Africa, Bernd Treichel said.

He further said that “prevention is a societal responsibility. Social security organizations and occupational safety and health actors should play a proactive role in promoting and developing their national prevention culture.”

Edward Graham, SSHFC Managing Director, said the two-day seminar will look at the categories of occupational diseases, the legal requirements, preventive strategies, challenges and training needs for social security institutions.

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