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East African health and safety ‘passport’ launched

An East African health and safety passport or ‘blue ticket’ emerged from a regional training programme.

The training is provided by Quest Energy, and the Institute of Petroleum Studies, reports Francis Emorut of Newvision.

Patrick Ruharuza, CEO of Quest Energy, said the programme is offered by experts in engineering, and takes one to two months.

Already conmen have attempted to forge the OHSSE ‘passport’ document, linked to personal identification.

“No one can forge it at Nasser and Nkurumah Roads, because it has an integrated system which is secure,” Ruharuza said at the launch in Kampala.

The training follows statistical data that 84% of sustained injures occur in manufacturing and processing industries in Kampala.

The programme targets citizens in East African states that embrace integration, with the message to ‘embrace safety culture to reduce on accidents’.

The discovery of oil and gas in East African countries “makes it imperative that the workforce to be employed by oil and gas industries, undergoes training.”

The training covers first aid, fire-fighting, security management, defensive driving, and other subjects.

Ugandan minister of trade and industry Dr James Mutende was shocked to learn that over 300 000 people die every year at work, and that 250 million accidents occur every year, according to International Labour Organisation statistics.

“This is alarming and is an eye-opener to Ugandans. The training on safety measures is therefore timely.” He added that preventing accidents and injuries should be a key priority to everyone.

The minister called on the African public and state agencies to support the initiative and promote health and safety measures.

• Source; Newvision.

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