Georgetown, Guyana: The Ministry of Labour has recently shared an update regarding the Workplace Safety Programme organised at the Mahdia District Hospital.
According to the official update by the Ministry, a two-day Joint Workplace Safety Programme arranged by the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department benefited twenty-one (21) people from Region Eight Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Mahdia District Hospital, and Regional Education Department.
It was further mentioned that they would also benefit from Sensitization Awareness from National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and Guyana Fire Service (GFS) representatives.
The program, hosted at the Mahdia Secondary School Smart Classroom, aims to train and prepare members of the Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee to carry out their mandate in the workplace, as required by Chapter 99:06 of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.
It aims to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and maintain safe work systems and practices, thereby minimising or eliminating workplace accidents.
This includes allowing participants to demonstrate an awareness of their roles and responsibilities as Joint Workplace Safety Committee representatives.
The Ministry added that participants could also conduct workplace inspections and accident investigations, as well as implement techniques to control and/or remove hazards in their own workplaces.
Both participants and employers would receive certification that would be valid for two years.
Roydon Croal, Ministry of Labour Senior Occupational Safety and Health Officer, and Louis Kilkenny, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), were in attendance, according to the update.
The Ministry encourages organisations with 20 or more employees to request this training for their workplaces around the country.