Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to create a strong and positive culture of Occupational Safety and Health in Uganda. From my experience as an Occupational Physician, most people are working in hazardous environments which are already causing or likely to cause harm to their health. Unfortunately, knowledge about the risk these workers are in is low and hence the poor culture.
It's all part of making a better world.
I hope to have a workforce of people who are aware and alert about the health and safety of their work environments. In addition, I would like all workplaces to have in place surveillance systems that monitor the health of workers on recruitment,continuously and on exit. Finally, having in place standards control measures that are effective in protecting the health of workers.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by employees in all sectors especially those with high risk of hazard exposure e.g. agriculture, construction, and mining. The respective employers in these sectors will also feel it. Finally, it will be felt by the general public and different MDAs.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
An established and functional medical surveillance system in Uganda.
A national institution for Occupational Safety and Health.
More workplaces with proper control measures set in place.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
Measurement of my success will be from the reduced numbers of cases of workplace fatal accidents and diseases. It will also be from the increased establishment of appropriate hazard measures at the workplace.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?