Occupational health and safety is a topic that beg for a lot of attention considering that it touches squarely on the well being of the workers which in turn determines their production. A healthy and secure workforce will be many times more productive than one in an environment full of risks and workers convalescing from illnesses and injuries sustained while at work. The strategic planning process centers on the realities of a textile manufacturing company dealing mainly in producing cotton fabrics.
The company has a workforce of six hundred workers, four hundred and fifty of them being women in the production plant, one hundred and twenty men also work in this section bringing the figure to a considerable five hundred and seventy. The remaining thirty are in the various sections in management like the human resources, marketing, public relations, finance and the executive departments. The production section will be more emphasized in this process because the company’s output almost completely dependents on it.
Most of the risks putting to jeopardy the health of the workers are found in this section. Cases of inflammation and illnesses resulting from negligent or wrong use of chemicals and isolated incidents of chemical explosions are a common occurrence here. Reported too are injuries to machine operators that are sometimes terminal or on rare cases fatal. The reporting structure is best described as non-functional because usually very little or nothing is done depending on the nature and magnitude of an eventuality.
The management has consistently approached turned a dear ear to the tribulations of the workers and compensation takes too long to come by, if ever. An in-depth look into Work Health and Safety responsibilities identified serious shortcomings. Oversight and negligence on the one hand and poor structures of response on the other are the areas that all the sections of the company should address urgently, McClelland, 1973).
Basing on the requirements of AS / NZS 4801, the management needs to provide adequate insurance cover for all the workers as a closer look into the company’s finances dictates a pay increase enough for an employee to individually take care of their heath needs in case of an injury or work- related illness is simply impossible unless the management takes the path of mass lay-offs.
The management needs to provide a license that the high risks that there are for effective and speedy compensation. The WHS responsibilities do not start and at the management’s doorstep. The workers are an integral part of this process. This implies an integrated approach involving the production manager, maintenance supervisor and the workers themselves in cooperation with the decision-making organ; the executive.