An assessment of occupational health and safety practices on job performance at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Mampong-Akuapem.

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Recent accidents occurring in most companies in Ghana should be a source of worry to everyone. Most employers fail to put in place adequate health and safety measures in place at their workplace to safeguard not only the employees and management but also clients/customers and other stakeholders who might have some kind of interest in the company or institution. Ineffective occupational health and safety policy have a negative effect on the organization as well as the workforce. Some of these include, cost of wages paid for time lost, cost of damage to material or equipment, cost of overtime work required as a result of accidents etc. It is against this background that the researcher decided to research into the area. The topic for the work was an assessment of occupational health and safety practices on job performance at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital,Mampong-Akuapem. Being a health institution, the staff, management, patients and other stakeholders are expose to several risks and hazards. The research aimed among other things to examine the effect of occupational health and safety on job performance. The medical doctors/officers, administrators, technicians, cooks, nurses etc in the departments and units of the hospital formed the population of the study. Eighty respondents formed the sample size of the study. Data was collected through questionnaire, interviews and review of relevant literature from books, articles, website etc. It was found out that the current occupational health and safety practices at the hospital were inadequate. Staff commitment and compliance to health and safety rules was also low. It was recommended that management of the hospital constitute a safety committee and maintain regular monitoring, inspection and evaluation and conduct reviews for improvement.
A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Commonwealth Executive Masters in Business Administration, June, 2011