VIDEO: Uganda Breweries Launches Safety Week to Eliminate On-duty Hazzards

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) and International Distillers Uganda the beer and spirits brewing plants have Monday launched a Safety Week, approved celebrating four and nine years of zero occupational accidents respectively. UBL employs an estimated 28, thumb 000 people at the two plants through its supply value chain.

The safety week themed ‘I am Working Safe Everyday’ is aimed at creating awareness, sensitizing and zeroing down accidents in the workplace. UBL looks to develop a high performing safety culture and implement world class safety systems.

Shane Healy, the UBL Supply Chain Director while addressing a news conference at the UBL headquarters in Luzira on Monday said such a milestone was a rare accomplishment that most companies couldn’t easily make.

“For a business of this magnitude that handles machinery, flammables and hazardous materials, attaining this safety milestone proves that our employees are committed to safety excellence,” he said.

During the safety week, company staff will undergo rigorous training on the risks associated with their work and environment.

Among the activities that will characterize the week are; safety and road safety sessions, healthy living, fire drills, defensive driving, cancer screenings and nutrition sessions, medical checkups for diabetes and hypertension.

While UBL is an alcohol manufacturing company, Shane stressed that there’s a strict policy on alcohol consumption and working under the influence of alcohol. He said that systems have been put in place to ensure that no employee reports to or leaves work under the influence of alcohol.


Ronald Miti who is the Health and Safety Manager at UBL noted that it is incumbent on employers to prioritize the safety of their employees in their line of duty.

“We are committed to creating a zero harm safety culture in all our operations which we would love to see translated into our lives even away from the brewery. Zero harm is based on the belief that all injuries and illnesses are foreseeable and preventable by the employer,” Miti told journalists.

As a safety precaution, all employees put on protective gear including sun gaggles, ear pads, helmets, heavy duty boots, safety jackets and gloves.

Uganda Breweries Limited is Uganda’s pioneer beverage company established in 1946 to source materials for the manufacturing and distribution of renowned brands of beers and spirits including Bell Lager, Pilsener Lager Senator Stout and Uganda Waragi.

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