Promoting Safety & Health In The Workplace

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The workplace should be a safe environment where employees can do their jobs without the fear of injury or death. Workplace health and safety procedures are necessary for the well-being of both employers and employees. These sentiments were expressed by the Labour Department’s Health and Safety Officer, Sandy Miller, during a recent interview with the Barbados Government Information Service. Mr. …

Victims Urged To Report Sexual Harassment

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Although the Labour Department has not been overwhelmed with reports of sexual harassment, the Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, is urging all victims to come forward and make a report. He made this appeal recently while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Labour Department’s final Labour Management Relations Seminar in the Warrens Office Complex. The top labour …

Senator Byer Suckoo Sends ERT Warning

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This country’s Minister of Labour will not be tolerating any undue delays in cases brought before the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT) and has warned employers to turn up when called to sittings or their case will proceed in their absence. Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo made this clear today while addressing the Labour Department’s Labour Management Relations Seminar at the …

Explaining The Sexual Harassment Act

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In December 2017, the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act 2017 was proclaimed. Under the Act, every employer must ensure that within six months of its commencement, they provide a clearly articulated, written policy statement against sexual harassment in the workplace. Acting Chief Labour Officer (CLO), Victor Felix, explained the provisions in the Act in greater detail, during an interview with …

Late Opening Reminder For Employers

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Although the revised Shops Act 2015 makes provisions for shop owners to open Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., proprietors are reminded that if they want to open their establishments after 11:00 p.m., they must apply to the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) for a certificate. Labour Officer, Khama Salankey-Burke, made this point clear recently during her presentation …

Working Safely With Power Lines

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Electricity is without a doubt, one of the most beneficial discoveries known to man.  It has enhanced our daily lives by powering basic necessities such as lighting and refrigeration, as well as modern conveniences such as cable television and the internet. Sadly, thousands of people worldwide die or suffer injury from electrical shock after coming into contact with power lines. …

Power Line Safety Arrangements Under Review

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The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) has established a sub-committee to review the existing arrangements in place regarding those persons whose work brings them in close proximity to power lines. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, made this disclosure recently while addressing a seminar entitled: Promoting Safety around Electricity, and launch of a Public Relations Campaign …

Acting Labour Chief Urges Safety Near Power Lines

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Electricity may be the single most beneficial discovery known to man, but this country’s Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, has challenged those with the knowledge about working safely around power lines to educate the public on how to protect themselves. He issued this challenge yesterday, while addressing stakeholders attending a seminar entitled: Promoting Safety around Electricity, and the launch …

Decline In Workplace Accidents Recorded

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A decline has been recorded in the number of workplace accidents in Barbados. This was revealed by Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, as she addressed the opening of a two-day Site Safety Certification Workshop, at the Warrens Office Complex yesterday. The event was facilitated by the Barbados Contractors’ Association, in collaboration …

Labour Relations Seminars On Next Month

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The Labour Department will host a number of seminars next month to sensitise the workforce about the importance of maintaining efficient labour management cooperation in organisations. The seminars will be held from Wednesday, February 21, to Friday, February 23, and on Thursday, March 15, at the Labour Department, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each …