Apr 09, 2018 News
The University of Guyana, (UG) is working towards spreading awareness about the benefits of improved Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) mechanisms in the workplace.
Addressing a forum held recently at U.G’s Turkeyen Campus to kick off OSH month, Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith spoke of efforts to establish a Unit that will deal specifically with spreading awareness about safety and health in the workplace.
The event was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection. Speaking to students and staff at the University’s Library, Vice Chancellor Griffith emphasized the need for an OSH section that students can use as informative material to become more aware of its issues and benefits in Guyana.
He noted that while there has been new infrastructure on Campus, an individual response where occupational safety and health is concerned, is an important factor to the success of the University.
In her brief remarks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Barbara Reynolds added, that the tertiary level of education is the perfect place to lead in matters concerning Occupational Safety and Health practices in Guyana.
University Librarian, Mrs. Gwyneth George also echoed the importance of working together to make OSH polices a reality in campus culture.
And In his statement on the occasion of observing Occupational Health and Safety Month, Minister of Labour, Keith Scott highlighted the strides made locally towards achieving the development goals set by the United Nations.
Minister Scott noted that he is particularly delighted to repeat that the most recent United Nations Human Development Report (2016) categorized Guyana as a Medium Human Development Country.
He said however, “if we are to be elevated to the coveted status of High Human Development, we will have to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal #8 a performance indicator which relates to a reduction in the frequency of fatal and loss time accidents in the workplace”.
In Government’s 2018 Budget Presentation Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan pointed out that there was a reduction in fatal accidents in the mining sector. By the end of 2017, a further reduction had been experienced.
As a matter of fact, the Minister noted that at the close of the year (2017) the total number of accidents reported declined by 5.3% from 462 to 428 and those which were of a fatal consequence declined by 14% from 21 to 18.
Jun 23, 2021Kaieteur News – The Guyana Badminton Association Team of President Gokarn Ramdhani, Vice President Ayanna Watson and Secretary Emelia Ramdhani along with National and International Champions...
Kaieteur News – I met Leyland DeCambra at the beginning of the 70s. It was a friendship that has lasted ever since.... more
By Sir Ronald Sanders More commonality was shown by CARICOM countries in a vote on Tuesday June 15 at the Organisation of... more
Freedom of speech is our core value at Kaieteur News. If the letter/e-mail you sent was not published, and you believe that its contents were not libellous, let us know, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]