Towards an expert consensus on the development of occupational safety and health in Kenya

Mbusiro Chacha, Jonathan Houdmont

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Abstract

Purpose
The present study provides an exploration of the status of workplace health and safety in Kenya. Specifically, the study focuses on the identification of emerging occupational safety and health challenges and opportunities in the Kenyan context.

Design/methodology/approach
The study applied a qualitative methodology approach. Twenty participants were identified from a data base containing a list of approved health and safety advisers in Kenya. A review of the scientific literature and pilot interviews informed the design of a semi-structured interview. Interviews were conducted face-to-face with 20 workplace health and safety practitioners.

Findings
The thematic analysis of the interviews resulted in the identification of five main themes: (i) Exposure to hazards (e.g. occupational accidents, occupational diseases and workplace design), (ii) Barriers to implementing workplace health and safety (e.g. lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, health and safety culture), (iii) Management of Health and Safety (e.g. health and safety audits, risk assessments and training) (iv) Emerging risks to Health and Safety (e.g. changes in technology, industrialisations, safety standards), (v) Health and safety training (e.g. basic training, capacity building, continuous training and training institutions).

Practical implications
Practitioners’ training needs vary and change over time depending on the emerging trends in the field of health and safety. Addressing the challenges would consequently improve the management and practice of health and safety in the workplace.

Originality/value
The study bridges the gap that exists in the management and practice of workplace health and safety in Kenya. It also provides a foundation for improving occupational health and safety services. The results can potentially help in the identification of future priorities with regards to occupational health and safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages20-20
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018
Event3rd Annual Research Conference- Centre for African Research and Economic Development (CAREED) - UWS, Paisley Campus, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 May 20181 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference3rd Annual Research Conference- Centre for African Research and Economic Development (CAREED)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period31/05/181/06/18

Keywords

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Challenges

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    Chacha, M., & Houdmont, J. (2018). Towards an expert consensus on the development of occupational safety and health in Kenya. 20-20. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Research Conference- Centre for African Research and Economic Development (CAREED), Paisley, United Kingdom.