OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING FIRMS IN SOUTH EAST, NIGERIA
This study investigated the effect of occupational safety practices on the performance of pharmaceutical manufacturing firms in South East, Nigeria. Using a cross-sectional survey design, data was collected from pharmaceutical manufacturing firms located in the South East region of Nigeria. The study assessed the implementation of occupational safety practices, such as incidents reporting, safety commitment and safety education. Additionally, various dimensions of business performance, such as quality, cost and delivery, were measured. Results showed that occupational safety practices have significant effects on measures of performance. The study concluded that incidents report, safety commitment and safety education enhances the performance of the pharmaceutical firms. The study contributes to the existing literature by providing empirical evidence of the connection between occupational safety and performance in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector in Nigeria. The findings have implications for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and pharmaceutical firms aiming to enhance their performance and safety practices. Strengthening occupational safety measures can lead to improved employee well-being, better product quality, and increased operational efficiency, thereby contributing to the sustainable growth of pharmaceutical manufacturing firms in South East, Nigeria.
Occupational Safety; Performance; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Firms.