Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Management in Selected Plastics Manufacturing Organizations in Awka Metropolis Nigeria

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Business Administration, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

2 Department of Management Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria


The concept of Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSM) involves the identification of hazards and risks in the workplace and the definition of the rights, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the implementation of control and or preventive measures. The study identifies 5 different classes of hazards to include – chemical, biological, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards. The study also identified effective safety and Health committees and Health and safety promotion, Education and training as key ingredients to effective implementation of OHSM. A survey method was adopted while a structured questionnaire was deployed in the collection of data. The population of the study is 221. Chi-square and descriptive statistics were used in analyzing the data. The results of the study show that the level of awareness of occupational health and safety management among employees in the plastic industry is high. Also, that the level of implementation of occupational health and safety management in the plastics industry is high.