Taking care with chemicals

Tiny tots attending Wesley Hall Infants And Junior Schools today received tips on the dangers of exposure to dangerous chemicals, as Barbados joined other nations around the world in celebrating World Day For Safety And Health At Work.

Errol Goodridge of the Labour Department advising children against pouring chemicals into unmarked containers.
Errol Goodridge of the Labour Department advising children against pouring chemicals into unmarked containers.

In a brief skit, that featured a cast of members of staff of the Labour Department, the young students were advised against pouring chemicals into drink bottles or water bottles, or storing chemicals near food; and they were also warned that chemical containers should be clearly marked.

During the skit, Simone Lennards, a long-standing member of the staff of the Labour Department, reached into a cardboard box lying on the floor of the vehicle in which she was travelling and began to drink what she thought to be a soda, only to discover that the bottle contained a dangerous chemical. After ingesting the chemical, Lennards began to writhe in pain and was offered a package of milk to see if it would act as an antidote, while the chauffeur sped off to the hospital to get her medical attention.

At the conclusion of the skit, Wesley Hall Infants principal Sylvia Scantlebury sought to find out if the young students had grasped the morals of the skit. Based on the responses from the tots, it was evident that they had paid rapt attention to the actors, and had recognized the danger they could face if they did not take care in handling dangerous chemicals.

Students of the Wesley Hall Infants’ School paying rapt attention to the skit on chemicals care being performed on the school’s hardcourt.
Students of the Wesley Hall Infants’ School paying rapt attention to the skit on chemicals care being performed on the school’s hardcourt.

 

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