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Investing in occupational safety training reduces workplace injuries: Al Jishi

November 24, 2021
finance & economy

In a comment on the Public Authority for Social Insurance’s report released this week, occupational health and safety expert Nawaf Al Jishi stated that Bahrain can achieve “zero occupational accidents” if public and private sector establishments commit to more training and awareness for their employees. This is in response to the report revealing that the number of those exposed for work injuries during the third quarter of 2021 was 552 injured, with 492 in the private sector and 60 in the public sector.

Al Jishi praised the Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s efforts to maintain occupational safety and health and protect workers from workplace hazards, as well as the ministry’s eagerness to collaborate with all business owners to improve worker protection and develop occupational protection and safety systems. He stated that the Kingdom of Bahrain has a unique chance to strengthen its worldwide standing in the field of worker rights protection by minimizing the incidence of workplace injuries as much as feasible. In this context, he called for more investments in training in the field of occupational health and safety, and said that this training should not be seen as a waste of money, but rather as one of the basic pillars of the general strategy of the facility, and within a trend towards building a safety system within a place the job.

Al Jishi emphasized that Bahraini establishments’ commitment to health and safety standards increases their productivity, preserves their equipment, reduces working hours caused by worker injuries, and exempts them from health-care costs and compensation, emphasizing the importance of training workers at all levels on how to avoid potential workplace hazards. And in a way, that benefits the Kingdom of Bahrain’s growth and preservation of human wealth.

“It is clear that the Kingdom of Bahrain’s major companies, particularly those in the industrial sector, are eager to adopt the highest international standards in the field of health and safety, and are very proud of the fact that they have completed millions of working hours without any disabling work injuries. This tendency should extend to hundreds of sites in the construction, contracting, and other industries and the notion of health and safety should not be limited to a legal obligation” According to Al Jishi.

Al Jishi noted that according to ILO statistics, more than 2.7 million people die each year as a result of occupational accidents and diseases around the world, citing several factors, including a lack of occupational safety and health requirements at work sites, a lack of appropriate and qualified supervision, and a lack of effective communication between contractors, subcontractors, and work crews. He explained that, in light of Industry 4.0, the concept of occupational safety has enhanced, and is now linked to the use of simulation models and artificial intelligence systems, as well as the need to be cautious of both physical and psychological injuries, noting that this confirms that the process of health and safety training is never-ending and evolves in tandem with the evolution of the work system, production, economy, and society.