It is in the right direction to say the least that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo is advocating for the construction of ‘’ One District, One Factory’’ in all the ten regions of our land.
The move which is geared toward employment generation for the youth cannot be overlooked but it is also of great concern that the body mandated by law to ensure Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) in this country needs to be face lifted so it will be in a better position to carry out on its mandate, and also further extend their services nationwide to cover newly created factories among others.
Indeed, the Department of Factories (DFI), under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) has the statutory responsibility for the enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the country.
DFI is regulated under the Factories, Offices and Shops Act 1970, Act 328 and other related regulations including the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Safety Regulation, the Factories (Wood working) Safety Regulation, the Food Factories (Welfare) Regulation and the Docks (Safety) Regulation.
The Law covers factories, offices, shops, building operations, worked engineering and construction sites, docks and other premises to which the provisions of the Act have been extended to.
DFIs vision is to ensure safe and healthy workplace within viable occupational safety and health systems and also aims to promote the labour laws at all work places, maintain industrial hygiene and maintain health and safety at the workplace.
The functions of DFI are inspection of Factories and Workplaces to ensure that reasonable standards and safety of workers are maintained, Registration of Factories and Renewal of Certificates of Registration,…