“Safety begins at home” – Min. Scott -Walk in support of Occupational Safety and Health held
DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, April 28, 2018
Home is where most accidents happen, and parents should seek to teach their children safety habits. This is the view of Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.
Minister Scott addressing participants of a walk to commemorate Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Month this morning noted “Accidents can be prevented and we can prepare for it.”
The Minister expressed the view that the preparation starts at the home. “Many accidents do happen at home… therefore parents have a role to play in teaching their children right from wrong which will later lead to them going to work with the right approach,” Minister Scott told the participants at the walk.
The walk is in commemoration of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Month which is being held under the theme “Generation Safety and Health: by improving the safety and health of young workers.”
Minister Scott stressed that young people make up 40 per cent of the country’s workforce hence the need to provide them with safe work environments.
Ariel Pino, International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Senior Specialist, explained that this year’s OSH focused on young people because of their inexperience in the working environment.
According to Pino, young people are facing certain challenges in 11th he workplace and they need the guidance from their seniors.
Today’s walk commenced from the Bank of Guyana and concluded at the Jubileee Durban Park,
Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Social Protection, Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Water Incorporated, Bounty Supermarket and Banks DIH Limited.
By: Neola Damon.
The Month of April was dedicated to a series of events and activities towards educating and spreading awareness about the benefits of improved Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) mechanisms in the workplace.