Occupational Health in Expo F and InterLumi Panama 2019
PANAMA CITY, Panama, May 20, 2019 – Many companies in Latin America are increasing the adoption of occupational health culture in order to improve the quality of life of their workers, but, in others still persist the concept that it is an unnecessary expense, according to group of specialists consulted by Acan-Efe news agency.
Adjusting environments and work spaces under welfare regulations is a process that requires a specialized evaluation team, in which it is necessary to manage standards that allow adequate tasks, remarks the Panamanian expert in Occupational Health, Ivan Olivardia.
According to the International Labor Organization, 2.78 million people die every year due to work-related accidents or illnesses. In addition, some 374 million work-related injuries (non-fatal) occur, resulting in more than 4 days of work absences.
The cost of this adversity is enormous and the economic burden of poor safety and health practices is estimated at 3.94% of the global gross domestic product of each year.
Olivardia, who will participate in a workshop on Occupational Health and Occupational Safety in Panama of the III "Expo F 2019", International Hardware Tools and Construction Materials Show, said that the issue has become relevant within the companies, in terms of regulations.
Olivardia, a member of the National Association of Professionals of Safety and Occupational Health of Panama (ANAPSSOP), pointed out that this matter is required in all work activities, however, the construction sector is the one that most emphasizes the different types of work of high risk.
The president of ANAPSSOP, José Rodríguez, stated to Acan-Efe that companies should be committed to protect the worker's health, but unfortunately they see it as an additional expense, instead of an investment.
The professor of occupational health at the University of the Americas (Udelas), Maribel Coco, emphasized on the lack of suitable personnel to closely monitor the requirements to protect worker´s health.
"Companies are aware that they need to hire qualified personnel. In the past, it was an irrelevant issue, but nowadays this kind of staff is being required", assured Coco.
Expo F, a trade show organized by America Expo Group, will also present various events such as The Design + Lighting Congress, the Binational Congress of Electrical Technicians, and a VIP Buyers Program.
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For the first time InterLumi Panama and Expo F will be held simultaneously, at ATLAPA Convention Center, bringing together the most important brands of the lighting, renewable energy, hardware and construction materials industries in more than 8,000 square meters of exhibition.
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