Beyond Pandemics; Brace Up for Technological disruptions- GHISCON Convener
Businesses have been admonished to brace-up for future disruptions in the technological space, as their impact could be overwhelming. A Convener for the 2020 Ghana Industry Safety Conference (GHISCON), Dr. Tony Obeng says the future presents a more challenging space for entities that fail to adapt to technological changes than pandemics.
In his address at a virtual conference organized by the Sekondi Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the theme; “Leveraging technology to achieve a sustainable safety culture”, Dr. Obeng indicated that the effects of these potential disruptions have not been given adequate attention and research, and thus could present some stressors on organizations that fail to adapt for it.
“The world must welcome disruptions. The world must make peace with disruptions because apparently we going to be living with disruptions and it might not be pandemics but technological.
“What we haven’t taken notice of is the usage of technology and its effect on safety and workplace culture.”
Dr. Obeng continued that globalization has birth technological tools that could be integrated into works systems to mitigate the impact of such an unknown crisis.
“We can develop worker-centric safety technology to enhance our work.
“What we can look at, is exploring cloud-based solutions…where information can be accessed anywhere,” he noted.
On his part, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, who was the special guest of honour, advised businesses to explore tech-applications and mainstream their operations to enhance their workplace security and safety systems.
“…this can streamline risk, health and safety management, allowing one to keep a critical eye at all times,” the minister stressed.
GHISCON is organized annually in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, International Labour Organization (ILO), Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (HKH) Germany, the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago, Houston Area Safety Council, Hybrid DGM Ghana Limited and many others.
It has a central objective of providing the platform for stakeholders to discuss issues in relation to Industry Best Practices, Challenges, Policy Gaps, New Trends etc. on Occupational Health, Safety and Environment.
GHISCON is also aimed at promoting the culture of Safety in the general business community focusing on suppliers and especially local suppliers to Industry in General and the extractive industry in Specific, thus enhancing their ability to participate effectively in the oil, gas, mining, manufacturing and other industries as meeting safety standards and requirements is now a pre-requisite for doing business with and in industry.