Occupational Health And Safety Management Practices Among The Electronic Media Houses In Kisumu County, Kenya
Occupational health and safety management is a phenomenon, which has recently gained prominence as a major issue at the work place. This study was designed to assess the occupational health and safety management practices among electronic media houses in Kisumu County. A descriptive census survey design was used in the study. Data was collected using semi structured questionnaires which were administered through the drop and pick later method. 20 out of the targeted 23 respondents dully filled and returned the questionnaires for analysis giving a response rate of 86.96%. The findings from the study indicate that the following occupational safety management practices existed among electronic media houses in Kisumu County; Inspection, maintenance and repair of machines; employee protection from hazards; having efficient physical plants layout; safety education practices; proactive identification of hazards; and employee empowerment. The study also found out that the main occupational health management practices include: having health and medical programs; use of health rules and regulations; use of noise and vibration control equipment; health surveillance on employees; employee counseling and rehabilitation; and promoting physical fitness activities. From the study findings, it was recommended that media houses in Kisumu County should promote health and safety awareness programs by sensitization through education and seminars. The government through its relevant agencies should also closely monitor all industry players to ensure adherence to statutory health and safety regulations while creating room for the emergence of new trends.
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