Despite numerous occupational health and safety interventions made in
recent years, poor occupational health and safety practices are still prevalent in
Ghana’s informal sector. This study therefore sought to explore the main
health and safety issues faced by informal manufacturing sector workers in
Cape Coast metropolis in order to suggest preventive and control measures.
The study adopted the qualitative research design to study 10 workers each
from the informal food processing, textile and garments, wood processing and
metal work categories within the Cape Coast metropolis. Convenience
sampling was adopted to select the workers and purposive sampling was used
to select officials of the National Board for Small Scale Industries and the
Department of Factories Inspectorate.
The study revealed a significant institutional gap in the provision of
health and safety to informal manufacturing workers. It also showed that
occupational health and safety institutions are under resourced in their service
delivery. The research further revealed that informal manufacturing sector
workers do not have the necessary awareness, technical means and resources
to implement health and safety measures.
Pursuant to these outcomes, the study recommends that a long-term
strategy be developed to address the issue. The strategy should include
awareness creation, training for informal workers on the use of Personal
Protective Equipment, provision of health and safety services to informal
workers and periodic visits by health officials to assess practices of informal
workers. Additionally, employers and employees should be encouraged to
make conscious efforts in improving health and safety at their work place.
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Resources, African Research. "OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES IN THE INFORMAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR OF CAPE COAST METROPOLIS" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 11, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/occupational-health-and-safety-issues-in-the-informal-manufacturing-sector-of-cape-coast-metropolis-1