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The provision of a safe and healthy work environment for workers will come under the microscope next week, during the Labour Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Week.

Themed: Safe Workplaces are Productive Work Places, the week will run from Sunday, July 2, to Saturday, July 8.

The activities will begin with a church service on Sunday, July 2, at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Drax Hall, St. George, starting at 8:00 a.m. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo will deliver remarks.

The following day, Monday, July 3, the official opening ceremony will be held at the Accra Beach Hotel, Rockley, Christ Church, starting at 9:00 a.m. Senator Byer Suckoo, is expected to address the large gathering and declare the week open.

After the opening ceremony, experts in the field of labour and occupational safety and health (OSH) will get down to business during a number of workshops during the week, as they seek to address issues that would make their businesses safer and more competitive.

Some of the topics to be discussed include: Integrating Safety into Overall Business Goals and Objectives; Investing in Workplace Safety and Health; Drug Testing in the Workplace; Factors Affecting Productivity in the Workplace; and Indoor Air Quality, Current Trends and Pitfalls: Practical Tips for Employees.

The Labour Department is encouraging all workplaces to organise their own OSH activities during this week, to assist the Labour Department in its quest to maintain desirable standards of occupational safety and health practices in Barbados.


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