Occupational Safety and Health Services

As Zambia seeks to improve the well-being of its people through development, there are however hazards that come about and affect the health of workers, the community and the general environment.  In this respect, one of Zambia’s overriding policy goals (through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Occupational Safety and Health Services Department) is to promote and enforce occupational health and safety standards at places of work to ensure a safe and healthy working environment. The programmes and activities of the department are consequently focused on prevention of occupational diseases and accidents in the world of work.


To attain a working environment that is free from occupational accidents and diseases among workers in Zambia


To promote and facilitate the development of an efficient and effective labour market system with a view to enhancing productivity in the Country.

Mandate of the Department:

The Department administers and enforces the Factories Act, Chapter 441 of the laws of Zambia which is aimed at protecting workers, factories, the communities and the environment from occupational hazards.