The Department of Factories Inspectorate provides national leadership in Occupational Safety and Health. The Department seeks to find and share the most effective ways of getting results to save lives, prevent injuries and diseases at all workplaces.
The vision of the Department is of safe and healthy workplaces within a viable Occupational Safety and Health System which reduces the impact of workplace injuries by providing the highest level of service to workers and employers
The objective of the Department is to prevent occupational accidents and diseases that arise from exposure to stresses in the working environment, by the promotion and enforcement of measures that would safeguard the health and safety of workers, using as a basis, the provisions of the Factories, Offices and Shops Act and its related regulations.
Inspection of workplaces to ensure that reasonable standards of safety and health of workers are maintained.
Investigation of notifiable occupational accidents and dangerous occurrences as provided under the Factories, Offices and Shops Act. The investigation affords identification of the contributory factors in the series of events that lead to an accident and therefore enable advice on appropriate measures to prevent future recurrence.
Approval of building plans for premises which are intended to be used as Factories, so as to ensure that the provisions for health and safely of persons intended to be employed are adequate and satisfactory, having regard to the requirements of the Factories, Offices and Shops Act and its related regulations.
Registration of Factories and Renewal of Certificates of registration.
Supervision of the statutory examination and or test of potentially hazardous plant and equipment to ensure that they are safe to operate.
Prosecution of offences under the Factories, Offices and Shops Act, 1970 (Act 328)
Occupational Health and Safety educational programmes in the form of Lectures, Discussions, Audio-Visual Aids and Practical Visits to Industries.
Organisation of Health and Safety courses for specific target groups of Workers and Management.