Focus on safety at work
The Government of Barbados today launched a Zero to 100 Days Promotional Campaign, designed to sensitise employees and employers about the provisions of the Safety and Health at Work Act, which will be proclaimed on or before January first, 2013.Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo told a news conference this afternoon at the Warrens Office of the Labour Department, that the campaign will use the theme Zero Into Safety – 100 Days to Safety and Health at Work.
Dr. Byer-Suckoo said the activities during the campaign would be facilitated through the printed and electronic media and social media.
“A wide ranging programme of activities is being coordinated by the Labour Department which will result in the public domain being flooded with safety tips, information and reminders to assist employers and employees with implementing the requirements of the Act,” announced the Government Minister.
In referring to the major events, she noted that the occupational safety and health best practices of some work places which were already complying with the provisions of the Act would be highlighted.
“We would showcase how these organisations employ good safety and health practices in some areas, such as the use of formal safety management systems, the establishment of safety and health committees and the application of emergency procedures,” added Dr. Byer-Suckoo.
She stated that the Ministry of Labour, through the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health and the Labour Department would be hosting a poster competition, involving children and the adult work force.
The competition, she continued, is geared at fostering a culture of safety within all aspects of the community.
The theme for this competition is Safety for Life – It Begins With You and will comprise four main age groups: 8 to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 18 and over 18. Dr. Byer-Suckoo said a number of attractive prizes would be offered and participants would be given to opportunity to have their works displayed publicly and various locations around the island. She has encouraged corporate Barbados to get onboard by sponsoring and supporting the poster competition.
The Minister told reporters other activities were planned for the campaign and would be announced in due course. (EJ)