The Final Draft Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector is now available for review on the Ministry of Labour’s website.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to read this document and submit their comments to the Labour Department by the end of April 2012.

The draft guidelines were prepared after consultation with relevant agricultural stakeholders and with assistance from the Sectorial Activities Department of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).??

It includes requirements from the ILO Convention 155 and Recommendation 192, which both address safe and decent work for people employed in the agricultural sector, as well as the local Safety and Health at Work Act (SHaW), 2005.

Addressing the duties of both employers and employees, the draft recommends polices under two broad categories: Safety Organisation and General Safety.

Under the category of Safety Organisation, the draft proposes a structured approach to Safety Management Systems.?? It outlines procedures, practices and policies to manage Risk Assessments, Safety Consultation, Training, Instruction and Supervision, in addition to other areas.

The General Safety category addresses policies, practices and procedures such as Working with Animals, Machinery Safety and Ergonomics, Agricultural Installations, Welfare Facilities, Women Workers and others.

Persons interested in reviewing the Draft Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector should note that it can be found on the Ministry of Labour’s website http://www.labour.gov.bb/ under the heading Final Draft Agricultural Policy Feb 2012.??

Comments may be submitted to the Labour Department at labour@labour.gov.bb, faxed to (246) 424-2589, or mailed to The Labour Department, 2nd Floor East, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens St. Michael.?? Persons are also invited to call the department at telephone numbers 310-1523 or 310-1524.


Author: Shamkoe Pil??

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