The operations of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) are guided by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2003, National Occupational Health and Safety Policy, 2010 and its various regulations as provided here below:
|1.||Nationa Occupational Safety and Health Policy 2010.||The national policy on occupational safety and health has the promotional framework of OHS in all sectors so that each stakeholder has their responsibilities explicitly showing how best to provide desirable working conditions and utilize it as a guideline for more specific requirements in their areas of specialization, competency, interest and jurisdiction. DOWNLOAD POLICY HERE|
|1.||The Occupational Health and Safety Act No 5, 2003.||This is an Act that repealed the Factories Ordinance Act of 1950 to make provision for the Safety, Health and Welfare of persons at work to provide for the protection of persons at work and others who may be affected by work hazards caused by others. DOWNLOAD ACT HERE|
|1.||The Occupational Safety and Health (Building and Construction Industry) Rules, 2015||
The Occupational Safety and Health (Building and Construction Industry) Rules, 2015, apply to building operations and work of engineering construction by way of trade, business, industrial or commercial undertaking or on behalf of Government, be it local government or a public building. The duties and responsibilities of all players are provided for within the need to prevent occupational accidents, illness and diseases in the sector. There are 145 rules to ensure prevention.
|2.||Occupational Health and Safety (General Administrative )Rules ,2015||The Occupational Safety and Health (General Administrative) Rules, 2015 repealed the Factories (Occupational Safety and Health Services Fees), 2001. There are 21 rules on the administration of OSH services; for example; Application for registration, compliance to OSH and withdrawal of compliance license, private OSH service delivery, general inspection procedure, safety committees, handling of hazardous chemical substances, display of notices and signs and compounding of offences. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
|3.||Occupational Safety and Health (General Administrative) (Amendments) Rules, 2017||
The Amendmended rule exempt Private Owned shcools from paying Fees for Occupational Safety and Health Services.This Means that Private Owned Schools shall not pay fees for Occupational Safety and Health Services which are provided in the first schedule of the General Administrative Rules, 2015 (GN. No. 149 of 3rd April 2015
|4.||Occupational Safety and Health (General Administrative) (Amendments) Rules, 2018||
The Amendmended rules abolished the following Fees, Workplace Registration Form Fee, Workplace Registration Fee, Compliance License Fee, OHS Consultancy Fee and Penalty for lack of appropriate fire facilities.
|5.||Occupational Health and Safety (Notification of Occupational Diseases, Injuries and Dangerous Occurrence) Rules, 2016||These 55 rules provide for the general dangerous occurrence and means of prevention of accidents injuries or diseases. This could happen while lifting heavy machinery, freight containers, pressure systems, overheated electrical lives, explosives, biological agents, breathing apparatus, or as a result of the collapse of scaffolding etc. There are provisions for reportable dangerous occurrences in on shore and off shore workplaces, mines and quarries .CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
|6.||Occupational Health and Safety (First aid And Welfare Facilities) Rules, 2015||These 19 rules provide for the duty and responsibilities of the employer, first aider and employees, regarding first aid and welfare facilities. The employer has the duty to ensure that facilities are available free of charge to employees and are kept in a clean and hygienic condition. The employer must train the first aiders for his workplace amongst the employees. The first aider must provide assistance within his instructions, While the Employer must provide all necessary welfare facilities like toilets, changing rooms, transport for employees who need doctors attention. etc.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
|7.||Occupational Health and Safety (Lifting Appliances and Gears) Rules ,2015||These 16 rules provide for safe use and installation, design and construction, maximum load for lifting appliance and gears with the prevention of accidents principle in mind. Inspection is required annually so as to have a record of the status of these appliances and gears. Workplaces are required to maintain a register and maintenance of the lifting appliances and gears to be conducted by competent persons. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
|8.||Occupational Health and Safety (Vessels Under Pressure) Regulation, 2016||There are 27 regulations on the duties of manufacturers, importers and users of vessels under pressure so as to prevent the occurrence of occupational accidents. Illegal use of boilers is prohibited and punishable under law. Commissioning and registration, examination and maintenance is required under certain conditions, warranted in these regulations. The chief inspector may revoke a certificate of vessels under pressure to ensure safety at any workplace. .CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
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