National occupational health and safety policy

The intention of this policy is to set up parameters through which stakeholders shall provide desirable working conditions and utilize them as reference guidelines for their more specific requirements in their areas of specialization, competence, interest and jurisdiction.

Policy | 09 December 2014
The long term development goal of Tanzania is to reduce the poverty of her people and improve the working conditions of the entire workforce, at all workplaces, through the provision of quality occupational health and safety services. This should, in turn, lead to raised standards of living consequential to prevention and/or elimination of occupational hazards and enhancement of all productive and service sectors as envisaged in the Development Vision 2025. For the development of a Nation is also measured, among other indicators, through the availability of safe and healthy working conditions within the entire diversity of the working population who transforms, through equipment and machines, crude resources into goods, products and services.

Henceforth, the fundamental role of the Government in the promotion of services is in providing an enabling policy environment that will facilitate both the private and the public sectors into becoming the engine of healthy and safe working conditions through compliance. This entails the process of continuous adjustment of the legal and regulatory framework impacting on the performance of the working people to reduce production costs, enhance business ethics, improve industrial relations, increase productivity and face competitiveness.

Consequently, the Government continues to implement measures aimed at strengthening its capacity to enforce compliance of minimum and acceptable standards as its cardinal mandate through introduction of codes of practice and encourage bilateral agreements among the social and other development partners.