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Official highlights ‘great need’ for comprehensive policy on occupational health and safety

first_imgLabour Commissioner, Matthew LeBlancA government official has highlighted the need for a national comprehensive policy on occupational health and safety in Dominica as a “great” one.Labour Commissioner, Matthew LeBlanc, during the opening ceremony of a one day national symposium on occupational health, explained that “serious injuries” can be caused within the workplace, hence the need for this national policy to protect employees.The Environmental Health Department has been observing the month of June as environmental health month with a view to promoting safe working environments at schools, workplaces, road and homes under the theme “Promoting our Environment, I can make a difference”.Employees from various sectors including the Ministry of Labour, Labour Division, Dominica Social Security, Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce, National Health Information Unit, Fire and Ambulance Services, DOMLEC, Colgate Palmolive and students of the Dominica State College are gathered at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau for this symposium.One of the goals of this symposium, according to a press release issued on Monday by the Environmental Health Department, is to develop a national strategy for the implementation of activities which promotes workplace safety and health.It is in this light that Matthew noted that it is “very important” for people to be employed in safe environments.He lamented the fact that as a result of the high unemployment rate, “people grab at any sort of occupational activity that they may find in order to survive”.However, he sought to impress upon the participants the need for them to protect themselves as much as possible despite these challenges, as well as for employers to ensure that they provide healthy and safe working environments.“We still have construction workers not wanting to wear steel toe [shoes], and not wanting to wear their steel caps, and not wanting to wear their gloves, and persons who are hospitalized every year because of exposure to smoke, to dust, and to bad fumes, because they refuse to either use the protective gear, or the protective gears are not provided for them because management or the employer believe that it is too costly”. He also noted that health and safety within the workplace has been neglected for a long time, hence the national symposium is “very significant” and comes at an opportune time.“People have disregarded for a long time matters of occupational health safety and health and a lot of persons have lost their lives, and lost their limbs and members of their family, as a result of negligence or irresponsible behavior, or irresponsible attitude towards work on a whole and in Dominica it is very significant”. While be stated that statistics indicate very few incidents of occupational accidents or illnesses, he said this may not reflect the real picture as many of these accidents are not reported.“Many persons are not even aware of their responsibility to report an accident that happens in the workplace. It is sad but I have met many persons who have lost a finger, hand or an arm, just to find out that they lost it two years ago at a work place in Dominica, and we knew nothing about it. The sad story is that they are hoping that the insurance would settle or they would find some compensation for that and some of them never do. So indeed and in fact we have a great need to have a comprehensive national policy on occupational safety and health in Dominica”.According to him, Dominica has joined part of the world community in promoting the decent work agenda, which provides for decent employment opportunities for both genders without discrimination that they will be paid adequately for their work, and would be allowed to function in an environment which is healthy and safe.“I want you to realize how important it is for us to have objective, lively and honest discussion about occupational safety and health in Dominica….We need a lot of public relations activity, we need to promote and educate people, so that we can have a better culture of occupational health and safety, and that of course would enhance the environment to create the sort of atmosphere, where proper legislations can be developed and implemented”.These legislations and policies he believes will “ensure that there is a comprehensive occupational health and safety management system functional in Dominica for the well being of all our workers”.Dominica Vibes News Share 17 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Official highlights ‘great need’ for comprehensive policy on occupational health and safety by: – June 26, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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2 drug suspects nabbed

first_imgAlliurbanozo and Urbanozo were nabbedfor selling suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer around 5 p.m. onNov. 20, the report added. Their motorcycle was impounded, too. The suspects were detained in thelockup cell of the Ilog municipal police station, facing charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN BACOLOD City – Two persons werearrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 2, Ilog, Negros Occidental.center_img Twelve sachets of suspected shabuvalued at around P20,000 were seized from 29-year-old Paul Alliurbanozo, and35-year-old resident John Mark Urbanozo, a police report showed.last_img

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Stones miss out on Wembley final

first_imgWealdstone missed out on a trip to Wembley after drawing 0-0 with Newport County in the FA Trophy semi-final second leg.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Wales, the Stones were hoping to pull off a sensational comeback.But they were unable to find a way past a resolute visiting defence despite a spell of second-half pressure.AdChoices广告Top scorer Richard Jolly missed a decent chance for them, as did full-back Scott McCubbin, who blasted a volley over when well placed.County, who are managed by ex-Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh, will now face fellow Blue Square Bet Premier side York City in the final on 12 May.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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