Malawi national occupational safety and health programme 2011-2016

Moving towards zero accidents and diseases at work. The purpose of the National Programme on Occupational Safety and Health (NOSHP) is to guide a systematic and coordinated approach to strengthen a National System on Occupational Safety and Health aimed at fostering a preventative safety and health culture in Malawi.

Policy | 19 September 2013
The Programme provides an operational Framework to guide Government, Employers, Workers, Development Partners and other Stakeholders regarding priority areas of action towards realization of the Malawi Decent Work Agenda in the country in line with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy.

The main areas of action were identified through the Malawi Occupational Health and Safety Profile compiled in 2009. The Profile identified a number of shortfalls ranging from inadequate National regulatory framework, inadequate information documentation and dissemination, poor occupational safety and health management systems, non-ratification of international instruments, inadequate enforcement capacity to weak stakeholder cooperation, on the basis of the National Profile on occupational safety and health and through consultative process during development of the National OSH Programme, objectives and priority areas of action were identified.

These objectives and areas of action seek to achieve priority area of the Malawi Decent Work Country Programme, which addresses the need for strengthening the capacity of the occupational safety and health services and putting in place national systems, policy framework and strengthening HIV and AIDS workplace response.

The National OSH Programme has been developed to respond and contribute to the Malawi Decent Work Country Programme which is in-line with the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and the Global Strategy for occupational safety and health and the overall goal of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II. It will therefore be reviewed in line with the MDWCP and the MGDS II to ensure that it responds to current and emerging issues.

The European Commission (EC) under the terms of the Project on “Improving Safety and Health at Work through a Decent Work Agenda” provided funding to print this document. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.