New Chief Aims To Improve Employment Relations

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

The Labour Department has a new head and he is focused on ensuring the business of that organisation is handled with “purposeful efficiency”. This includes the administration of labour legislation and lessening of adversarial labour and employment relations. He is Victor Felix, who has been appointed on promotion to the post of Chief Labour Officer. The appointment took effect from …

BCC Extends Deadline For Certificate Course

Melissa Rollock Ministry News

The Barbados Community College’s Industry Services Unit has extended the deadline for applications for the certificate course in Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health. Applications will now close on Friday, June 29 and classes will start on Wednesday, July 4. For more information, persons may visit the College’s website or contact the Industry Services Unit at 426-2858, ext. 5296 or the …

Promoting Safety & Health In The Workplace

Julie Carrington Top Stories

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. …

An Eyewitness Account Of A Pole Rescue

Julie Carrington Top Stories

It began like any normal day. The mood at the Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) was jovial, as Power Quality Analyst, Howard Griffith, and his colleagues loaded up the truck for a productive day of maintenance work in Woodland, St. George. What started out as a traditional working day almost ended in tragedy for one of his colleagues, who was …

Working Safely With Power Lines

Julie Carrington Top Stories

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. …

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 Minister: Take Job Safety Seriously

Nya Phillips Top Stories

Given the high potential for hazards in the construction sector, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, is imploring stakeholders to be more proactive when it comes to safety and health on the job. She was addressing the opening of a two-day Site Safety Certification Workshop, facilitated by the Barbados Contractors’ Association in …

Occupational Safety & Health In Focus

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Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) are considered two important elements in human resource management that not only promote a safe and healthy work place, but often lead to happy and productive employees. From July 2 to 8, that subject was brought to the fore during the Labour, Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Week, themed: Safe Workplaces are Productive Workplaces. The …

Occupational Safety & Health In Focus

Julie Carrington Top Stories

The observance of sound occupational safety and health practices in workplaces came into sharp focus, when President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Graham Parker, paid a courtesy call today on Acting Minister of Labour, Senator Harcourt Husbands. During the meeting, Mr. Parker said his organisation was committed to working with institutions to promote healthier work places; …

Safety Booklets & Abstracts Available

Malissa Brathwaite Ministry News

The Labour Department’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) section now has available copies of the OSH Summary Booklet and Abstract. Interested persons may visit the Labour Department on the 2nd Floor, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, from Wednesday, December 21, to Friday, January 13, 2017, during regular office hours. For more information, persons may contact Veronica Baird at 535-1524, …