WORKPLACE SAFETY AND EMPLOYEE HEALTH IN OIL AND GAS SECTORS IN PORT HARCOURT METROPOLIS
Keywords:Workplace safety, physical safety, ergonomic safety, employee health, mental and social health.
The study focused on workplace safety and employee health in oil and gas sectors in Port Harcourt Metropolis. The main objective was to determine the relationship between dimensions of workplace safety (physical and ergonomic safety) and measures of employee health (mental and social health). Four research questions and hypotheses were raised to guide the study. The target population was 5 selected oil and gas sectors through which 40 respondents were purposively taken as the sample size. The structured questionnaire was used to validate the instrument with 4 likert scale, analyzed through SPSS. The study revealed that physical and ergonomic safety correlates with mental and social health. Therefore, the study concluded that prioritizing workplace safety is crucial for the well-being of employees. Hence the study recommended that oil and gas sectors should develop and enforce a well-defined safety program that addresses potential hazards, including safety training for employees, and establishes clear safety protocols and procedures.