Region 6 businesses adopting occupational safety measures

-21 reps trained in First Aid

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, July 29, 2018

Twenty-one representatives from ten companies in Berbice have completed First Aid Training. This exercise comes as the government moves to ensure more workplaces are implementing occupational safety and health measures.

The three-day first aid training course was facilitated by the Ministry of Social Protection and officials from the Guyana Red Cross and was held every Thursday for the past three weeks. On Friday last a graduation ceremony was held at the conclusion of the training exercise.

Delivering the feature address was Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Keith Scott who urged the grandaunts to utilise the knowledge acquired when necessary. He further encouraged them to share this information with their colleagues. Minister Scott stressed that as trained first-aiders their role is a vitally important one since it can make the difference between life and death.

The Minister also called on other businesses to get on board and have their employees trained as first aiders.

Senior Occupational Safety and Health Officer, Neville Nichols noted that the training was necessary as the occupational safety and health act states that every employer must have a certified first aider within their service. According to Nichols the management of ten companies that participated in the training, welcomed the initiative as it will help them to ensure a safer working environment.

The graduation was attended by the Deputy Regional Executive Officer of East Berbice-Corentyne, Claude Henry, who applauded the Ministry for its steps taken to implement the first aid training course in Berbice.

Similar training programmes will be held throughout the country by the Ministry of Social Protection as it continues to ensure businesses across Guyana are adopting necessary occupational safety and health standards.

Story and Image: Tanuha Raikha

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