It is anticipated that the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, which was passed in Parliament in 2005, will be proclaimed on or before January 1st 2013. The Act mandates that all workplaces in Barbados must secure the health, safety and welfare workers and provide protection to person against risk in the workplace.
Consequently, it is prudent for the management of all workplaces to be mindful of its common law duty of care to employees and to ensure compliance with the provisions of the SHaw Act. Included in the employer’s execution of care he/she mist provide a safety policy. The policy must be written if there are 10 or more workers.
The Labour Dept. is currently observing a public awareness campaign entitled ” Zero in on Safety: 100 Days to SHaW. Towards this end, the dept. will host a training seminar on workplace policies for public and private sector employees. The seminar is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 5th 2012 at the Labour Department. Limited spaces are available, only the first 30 persons registered can be accommodated. EAch company may be represented by no more than two nominees. Places will be secured and guaranteed based on early registered. Kindly, contact our office at 310 -1523/24, to sign up for the seminar, no later than Friday, November 23rd, 2012.
A draft program me schedule for the workplace seminar in enclosed. Grateful for your participation in empowering our initiatives.
9:00am Zero in on Safety – Introdution to Safety and Health at Work
9:45am The Impact of HIV on the Workplace (Labour Dept)
10:30am Workplace Policies – Promoting Safety, Health and Welfare Everyday
– Intro to Safety Polices (Labour Dept)
– The Business Model (Private Sector)
– Drafting Workplace Policies Group Component (Labour Dept)
12:00 pm Evaluation