Co-celebration of the JAPRP and JMSST: "Developing a genuine Culture of Prevention”

This is the major challenge of the African Day for the Prevention of Occupational Risks (JAPRP) and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (JMSST) opened on Thursday, 28 April 2022.

Along with the member countries of the Inter-African Association for the Prevention of Occupational Risks (IAPRP), Cameroon celebrates in April the 26th African Day for the Prevention of Occupational Risks (JAPRP) and the 20th World Day for Safety and Health at Work (JMSST).



Under the respective themes: "The Management of Safety and Health at Work: What Approach in Companies (GE, PE, TPE) of the Formal and Informal Sectors" and "Acting Together to Build a Positive Culture of Safety and Health at Work", the meeting held in the conference room of the Social Insurance Centre (CPS) Yaounde-Independence. The Director General of the National Social Insurance Fund (NSIF) stated: "It is the completion of the activities of the prevention month, started since the 5th of April through the meeting of the organising committee; the sensitisation through the media and scientific communications to the workers of the formal and informal sectors".

During the opening ceremony of the works marking this co-celebration attended by the Director of the ILO Technical Support Team and the Director General of the NSIF, the Minister of Labour and Social Security (MINTSS) Grégoire Owona, said: "The themes of these two days aim to encourage companies to develop a genuine culture of prevention and management of occupational risks. This initiative is in compliance with the celebration of the 136th edition of the International Labour Day".

At the end of the meeting, a number of recommendations were made to the Government, employers, workers and the NSIF. The NSIF should support the unions in the informal sector through awareness-raising campaigns on voluntary insurance and occupational health and safety; initiate an awareness-raising programme on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the national media; to make an inventory of existing Health and Safety Committees (CHS) and an analysis of their performance by sector of activity; to set up a monitoring programme for CHSs with a non-financial reward for the best performers; to encourage the creation, training and operation of at least 80% of companies with CHS potential; and finally, to train CHS members.

Prevention is in any case not the exclusive responsibility of the State or any institution, let alone the company or the worker. Everyone must fully commit to their role!