Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in order to enhance efficiency and effective service delivery, has sensitised some of its field workers on reducing, to the barest minimum, all risks and hazards associated with their respective workplaces.
“To this end, the safety of our field workers wherever they find themselves providing essential services such as cleaning of our environment, maintenance of our facilities, we should make a deliberate policy that will protect and guide them against risks associated with this types of job schedule.
“For instance, I have come across some field workers, especially the AEPB, performing their duties without any form of protective gear therefore stand the risk of being exposed to health hazards of course, not only to themselves but extend to members of their families. This should not be allowed. We must at least set a minimum standard and that why this workshop very imperative.
The participants, drawn from the Parks and Recreation Department and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), were engaged at a 1-Day workshop on ‘Advocacy on Workplace Hazard,’ organised by FCTA through its Reform Coordination and Service Improvement (RCSI) yesterday in Abuja.
According to him, apart from physical hazards they are exposed to, there are health hazards too. Many of them sweep the streets and don’t even know why they are not protected against the dust and all the specks of dirt they clean, and when they retire or during active duty, many of them have physical health challenges or psychological trauma or injuries that could be life threatening or impact their lives for very long time.
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