2011 World Day for Safety and Health at Work in Zambia

In Zambia, the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health was celebrated at both national and enterprise level.

Various enterprises held in-house activities to commemorate the event on 28 April 2011. The most prominent was the event organized and held by Mopani Copper Mines Plc in Kitwe, Copperbelt Province and which was graced by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development.

At this event, safety and health personnel and workers from various departments of the mining company showcased their knowledge and skills in mine rescue operations and first-aid procedures. Safe ways of carrying out certain mining operations were also demonstrated.

At national level, the commemoration took place on 12 May 2011. Taking place in Kitwe, it took the form of an exhibition of safety and health services and products in the field of occupational safety and health. The event attracted 17 exhibitors from the Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces, including state and parastatal institutions such as the Occupational Health, Safety and Research Bureau and the Workers’ Compensation Fund, and Non Governmental Organizations dealing with OSH issues.

More than 100 people from 21 enterprises based on the Copperbelt and in Lusaka toured the stands and interacted with the exhibitors. To give prominence to the event, advertisements were placed in both the national print and electronic media in the days leading up to the event, and messages were aired on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation’s TV 1 during prime time. Awareness raising banners were also placed in strategic places frequented by members of the public.