News | 11/05/2016
Averda Showcases its Health and Safety Practices at the French Institute of Congo
Today many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment.
To mark the World Day for Health and Safety at Work on April 28th, Averda Congo joined its forces with ATHEST, a leading Congolese NGO, with a view to mark the annual international campaign promoted by the United Nations for a safe, healthy and decent work, a day fully observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
Taking place at the French Institute of Congo and enjoying the presence of local, national and regional media such as MCRTV, Tele Congo, Radio Panton FM, L’info+Congo, GéoAfrique, Capéco Magasine and La Semaine Africaine, Averda was represented by its Managing Director for Congo, its Health and Safety Officer for Congo and Gabon and by its local spokesperson.
Enjoying the presence of numerous Government officials, representatives of Brazzaville Municipality and Cerveau Vert – Congo’s Executive Office for Environmental Law – Averda’s presentation focussed on the importance of observing the health and safety rules at work and on the impact a proper HSE culture can have for the workers, their safety and wellbeing.
During the event, Averda Congo distributed numerous Health and Safety fliers, high visibility vests and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to the visitors, while answering questions related to the procedures followed by Averda to eliminate any work related accidents and incidents.
Mr Mohammad Ghalayini, the Managing Director of Averda Congo, said: “Averda Congo promotes a safety and health culture in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, one in which our workers actively participate in securing this through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention. We believe that our people are entitled to be safe, regardless of their job title, and we do everything in our power to ensure that their health, safety and wellbeing are never compromised on”.