9 June 2014

Nigeria: Medical Workers Task World Leaders On Health Legislation

General Secretary of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Marcus Omokhuale has called on world leaders to embrace and implement the legislation on occupational safety and health (OSH) as an essential component of national systems and programmes to protect the health and safety of workers.

ILO on June 6, 2014, developed LEGOSH as the first global source of authoritative information on national OSH database legislation to support the improvement of national systems and programmes.

Omokhuale, addressed international journalist on how LEGOSH platform would boost the instruments supporting the main provisions in OSH legislation at the ongoing International Labour Conference (ILC), organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The LEGOSH database when fully implemented, he believes, "would assist governments, employers' and workers' organizations, OSH agencies and experts, policy-makers and legislators to understand, shape, formulate and adopt sound OSH legislation that can be applied effectively to protect the safety and health of workers. It acts as a free source of trustworthy legal information available to constituents, researchers, and other stakeholders."

According to Omokhuale, the new development of the LEGOSH platform emerged from the need to formulate a set of descriptors for collecting data on the basis of relevant ILO standards.

"This policy is important because the ILO, in its efforts to support the development of national OSH systems, has developed and launched LEGOSH, an innovative database to collect, analyse, describe and share essential knowledge on OSH legislation and policy around the world," he said.

He argued that the OSH legislation is often described as a complex mosaic of legal provisions found primarily in labour law, public health and industry specific legislation as well as specifies a range of rights, obligations and duties applicable to workers and employers.

"There is urgent need for the world leaders to embrace the policy as it would provide authoritative information on OSH legislation to support policy development and improve national systems and programmes.

"The options for participatory data collection, review and update that are building on the ILO worldwide field structure and international networks, as well as on the knowledge of national experts, were tested with LEGOSH with the aim of ensuring adequacy and relevancy of content while establishing the conditions for its sustainability," he stressed.

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