By Edison Arinaitwe | Friday Apr 20, 2018
Occupational Safety and Health practitioners in Uganda will on Sunday 22nd April, 2018 take part in a 10 Km Safety and health run to signify the start of the Safety and Health Week.
The run is scheduled to start at 6.00 am local time at the UMA grounds in Kampala and will see runners head onto Naguru, Katalima, Ntinda, Semawata, Kira road onto the Lugogo bypass and then use the Naguru road back to the UMA grounds, a total of 10 km. The organizers hope to improve on the 2017 event which saw over 200 runners participate.
Other than the safety and health run, the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development has organized other activities to commemorate the World Day of Safety and Health at Work that falls on April 28. These activities include a sanitation drive that will see OSH practitioners lead other members of the public in cleaning of Kibuye market on Monday 23rd April.
The team will also hold workplace sensitization visits on Tuesday and Wednesday with a press conference by the Minister scheduled for Thursday at the media centre. An open forum on Occupational Safety and health will be held at the UMA Conference Hall on Friday afternoon.
The main World Day of Safety and Health celebrations will be held on Saturday 28th April at the CHOGM memorial Park.
This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
The 2018 SafeDay campaign highlights the critical importance of improving safety and health for young workers, not only to promote decent youth employment, but also to link these efforts to combat hazardous and all other forms of child labour.
Many factors can increase youth vulnerability to OSH risks, such as their physical and psychological stage of development, lack of work experience and lack of training, limited awareness of work-related hazards and a lack of bargaining power that can lead young workers to accept dangerous tasks or jobs with poor working conditions.