Guyana: Labour Ministry organises two-day Workplace Safety Program

Guyana: Labour Ministry organises two-day Workplace Safety Program

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Georgetown, Guyana: The Ministry of Labour of the Republic of Guyana organised Workplace Safety Program in collaboration with China Zhonghao Inc. While updating about the same, the ministry noted, “Representatives from China Zhonghao Inc. benefited from a two-day Joint Workplace Safety Programme organised by the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Department to promote health and safety awareness.”

As per the update, the programme, held in the company conference room, was designed to train members of the Joint Workplace Safety as well as Health Committee and prepare them to carry out their mandate in the workplace as required by Chapter 99:06 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Furthermore, the program will aim to provide representatives with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and maintain safe work systems and methods, which will ultimately reduce or eliminate workplace accidents. Other learning objectives of the program include enabling participants to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental tenets of occupational safety and health.

The ministry also stated that they could recognise and evaluate workplace hazards and describe measures to eliminate and control them; they can conduct accident investigations competently; and most importantly, they know and understand their roles and responsibilities as representatives of the Joint Workplace Safety Committee.

“Participants can also conduct workplace inspections and accident investigations and implement measures to control and/or eliminate hazards in their own workplaces. Participants and the workplace would receive certification that would be valid for two years,” it outlined.

The program was attended by Alic Roberts, Security Manager, China Zhonghao Inc., and Roydon Croal, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Officer Ministry of Labour, who facilitated this training.

Along with this, on February 24, 2023, Joseph Hamilton, Minister of Labour, met with the Interim Management Committee of Linden Utility Services Cooperative Society Limited to discuss recent increases in consumer prices.

The minister urged them to reverse management’s decision because it would harm their customers. This, he stated, is consistent with the PPP/C Administration’s manifesto promise to alleviate the hardships of its citizens in any way possible.