Workplace safety boosts productivity, says Illovo

Illovo Sugar (Malawi) plc Dwangwa Estate general manager Lal Bachan says occupational safety and health are catalysts for enterprise productivity and robust exports.

Speaking on Saturday during commemorations of World Day for Safety and Health at Chitowe ground at Dwangwa, Nkhotakota, he said the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed firm strives to ensure that occupational safety and health standards are upheld.

Said Bachan: “Over the years, we have developed plans aimed at strengthening the capacity of our employees and review the regulatory and enforcement systems on occupational safety and health.

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“We have significantly reduced industrial-related accidents by 90 percent and we would like to reach the zero target. We have also intensified inspection of the factory and introducing compulsory alcohol test.”

In her remarks, Ethanol Company Limited (EthCo) chief executive officer Lusubilo Chakaniza said the company is implementing various initiatives to enhance the safety and health of its employees at the workplace.

She said controlling exposures to chemicals and limiting emissions to the environment are key tasks the company is striving to achieve.

Illovo Dwangwa Estate

Gabriel Mphande urged fellow employees to embrace the company’s safety and health measures in their day-to-day work, saying they are key to spur productivity and growth.

The World Day for Safety and Health, which is commemorated on April 28 annually, was set aside by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to raise awareness on the promotion of safety, health and decent work.

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