Amman, Apr. 26 (Petra) -On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which falls on April 28 annually, Jordan’s trade unions called on paying attention to occupational safety and health requirements in the work environment and provide the necessary protection for workers in various sectors and economic activities against workplace risks.
In a statement to “Petra” on Wednesday, General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFTU) President Mazen Maaytah said providing occupational health and safety requirements at is a criterion to ensure a decent work condition, a safe work environment and is a labor right guaranteed under local and international legislation.
Maaytah added that protecting workers from occupational hazards and preserving their safety from work-related injuries need conditions and requirements provided by employers.
Locally, he noted multiple labor sectors in economic activities are suffering “imbalances” in occupational safety and health, which requires intensified monitoring and inspection by Ministry of Labor and its field teams, stressing that worker safety ensures continuity of the production process and work sustainability in economic establishments.
To address loopholes, Maaytah called on applying the legislation contained in Jordan’s Labor Law to tackle occupational safety and health problems in Jordan’s establishments, by activating penalties in the Law’s Clause 9.
He also stressed the importance of awareness on rights that guarantee worker safety and provide occupational health requirements within the work environment.
According to Ministry of Labor data, inspection tours specialized in occupational safety and health in 2022 amounted to about 9,163 visits, during which 589 establishments were guided to follow rules, while 1,660 others were warned and 748 violation tickets were issued.