The audience at a workshop??on the SHaW Act. (FP)??

Managers at all workplaces should be mindful of the common law duty of care to employees, which includes securing the health, safety and welfare of workers.

Describing this care as prudent, Labour Officer, Nicole Hinds, stressed that management should comply with the provisions of the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act.??

She urged them to register for the Labour Department’s upcoming seminar: Workplace Policy – Zero in on Safety: 100 Days to SHaW.??

Ms. Hinds explained that the training seminar would be held on Wednesday, December 5, and topics would include the ShaW Act, the Impact of HIV on the Workplace, and Workplace Policies – Promoting Safety, Health and Welfare Everyday.

Furthermore, she said participants would benefit from the interactive session, since they would have the opportunity to review case studies from private and public sector companies.

"Included in the employer’s execution of care, he or she must provide a safety policy which must be written if there are 10 or more workers," she explained, adding that the forum would provide business owners and managers with an opportunity to have questions answered.

However, space is limited and the Labour Department will only be able to accommodate the first 30 persons registered.?? Consequently, each company should be represented by no more than two nominees.

The SHaW Act was passed in 2005 and will be proclaimed early in January next year.?? As a consequence, all business places in Barbados, regardless of size, will be covered by the provisions and regulations of the Act.??

Persons, who wish to secure their space within the workshop, should contact the Labour Department at 310-1523/24. The deadline for registration is Friday, November 23.


Author: Shamkoe Pil??

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