Compliance and Safety Manager at Petrosol, Ebenezer Osei Baafi has called on the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah to quicken his steps to ensure the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) bill.

The National Occupational Safety and Health bill is a comprehensive bill that seeks to promote a safe work environment for all stakeholders.

According to him, the bill has been in parliament for years and the Minister made a promise in 2019 during the World Safety Day celebration, that he will do everything to make sure the bill is passed, but to his surprise, it is still the same old story.

“He made a promise 2019 during the World Safety Day and up till now nothing has been done, so am reminding him about his promise. He said he will make sure the bill is passed before the end of the year,” he stated.

He made this in an interview with the B&FT at the third edition of the Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) awards in Accra. He added that, the call for the bill to be passed has become very necessary because, there are a lot of people working under circumstances that put lives in danger.

He said the Ghana Institute of Engineers (GIE) has a law backing them, therefore, the time is now for the bill to be passed to safeguard their activities as stakeholders.

About the award

The ceremony brought together some companies and celebrated individuals in industry as they were honoured for their commitment towards the health and safety of employees, workplaces and even customers.

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Petrosol Ghana Limited was named the best company in HESS Compliance, Reporting and Monitoring, Best Company in Fire Safety and Security Management Practices and Service Station Facility Excellence award. Ebenezer Osei Baafi, the Compliance and Safety Manager at Petrosol, took the HESS Male Personality of the Year.

The event, which sought to create awareness, recognise and reward the highest standards of HESS management and practice by organisations, was under the theme, ‘Building a resilient workspace post COVID-19; the role of HSSE/HSEQ’.

Speaking with the Events Director at HESS, Nana Adu-Gyamfi, he said HESS started awarding companies in 2019 with 13 companies and has grew to over 30 participating companies.

He congratulated all the companies that received awards during the night and urged them not to relax but keep on moving further as they get motivated by the awards received.