Health and safety

Information on health and safety in the workplace including employers’ duties and obligations.

Kenya :: Reporting accidents and diseases

A workplace accident or disease resulting in an employee’s serious incapacity will be considered to have arisen out of and in the course of employment if it was as a result of an act committed by the employee for the purpose of, in the interests of, or in connection with, the employer’s business …

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Kenya :: Registration of workplaces for health and safety purposes

Notice  An employer must apply for the registration of the workplace by submitting written notice to the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services (the Director) …

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Kenya :: Provision of medical aid

An employer must provide and maintain the relevant equipment and services for the rendering of first aid to employees in the event that there is an accident at work …

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Kenya :: Occupational health and safety officers

Occupational health and safety officers work for the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS), a department within the Ministry of Labour …

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Kenya :: Health and safety training

A worker may not work at any machine or be involved in any work process that may pose a health or safety risk unless they have been told of the relevant dangers associated with the machine or process and the precautions that should be taken against these dangers …

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Kenya :: Health and safety legal framework

The Occupational Safety and Health Act provides the main legal framework for health and safety matters in Kenyan workplaces …

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Kenya :: Health and safety committees

Employers must establish a health and safety committee at the workplace if either of the following situations apply:There are 20 or more employees in the workplace; orThe Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services orders the workplace to have such a committee …

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Kenya :: General register

In all workplaces, there must be a ‘general register’ that has the following information included or attached:Certificate of registration;Particulars regarding the washing, painting or varnishing of the workplace; andParticulars about all accidents and diseases that require notice to be sent to the occupational health and safety officer …

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Kenya :: Employers’ health and safety duties

Employers have a duty to ensure the occupational, health, safety and welfare of all persons working in the workplace …

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Kenya :: Employees’ health and safety duties

Employees have certain duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act …

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Kenya :: Discrimination based on health and safety issues

Employers are not permitted to discriminate against an employee, dismiss an employee or put an employee at a disadvantage in relation to their employment as a result of: The employee making a complaint about a health and safety issue;  The employee being a member of a health and safety committee; orThe employee exercising relevant functions as a member of a health and safety committee …

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Kenya :: Compensation for occupational accidents and diseases

All employees are covered by Work Injury legislation regardless of whether they are paid on a daily, weekly or monthly basis …

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