Civil servants get updates on occupational health and safety

POSTED: 11/23/11 6:48 AM

St. Maarten – Staffers of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Tourism, Economy, Transportation and Telecommunications have taken part in a two day workshop on Occupational Safety and Health. The training was held at the Belvedere Community Center.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Dr. Cornelius de Weever was unable to attend the workshop’s opening ceremony but sent a note wishing the participants a successful workshop.
“I know that the information and knowledge will be useful when doing their jobs and enhancing the safety of the work place for everyone,” de Weever wrote in his note.
“Enhancing the skill and knowledge base of the current Occupational Safety and Health Inspectors as well as the policy advisors responsible for safety legislation is paramount for building a solid foundation on which to grow. Government is a firm believer in the safety of the country’s inhabitants where they work, and so we must provide our personnel with the necessary skills to ensure that this goal is met,” Head of the Labor Department Raphael Boasman said in his opening remarks.

The training was facilitated by Anthony Rocheford who is based in Barbados and has many years experience next to his Master’s Degree in Risk Management and Safety Technology. Over the two days participants learned about safety and health law, occupational safety and health Legislation, duties and responsibilities of safety officers, report writing, inspection techniques, and accident investigation.

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