Employment ministry pledges support for workplace safety policy

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions LocalNews Employment ministry pledges support for workplace safety policy by: – June 27, 2012 Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Employment, Ruth Allport. The ministry with responsibility for employment through its permanent secretary has pledged support to the development of a national policy on occupational health and safety.On Tuesday, the Environmental Health Department within the Ministry of Health held a one day symposium on occupational health and safety, in an effort to develop a national strategy for the implementation of activities which promote workplace safety and health.Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Employment, Ruth Allport, told that symposium, such policy has the full support of her ministry so as to create a culture of health and safety within workplaces on the island.“In the Ministry of Employment, we pledge our support to the development and implementation of the strategic plan for occupational health and safety, which is expected to exert a strong influence on changing the culture of health and safety in the workplace”. Allport further noted that the ministry will support the policy based on their obligations stipulated in the Employment Safety Act, as well as the belief that health and safety within the workplace is of paramount importance.“With the global trend of increasing hours spent at the workplace, the importance of protecting and promoting health at the workplace, is becoming pivotal to a fully, functional national economy. As such, the legal mandate of the Employment Safety Act is brought shapely into focus and employers need to be fully responsive, not only to the legal requirement to protect the health and safety and welfare of their employees, and the other people who might be affected by their businesses, but also with the moral responsibility to do so”. There are several “fundamental principles” which can affect productivity, she said, thus the workplace should not be a contributing factor to this. “Many of the factors which affect workers health can reduce productivity. These factors include physical activity at work, workplace stress exacerbated by opportunities for self expression and work life balance”. She also noted that the ministry of employment is “ready to collaborate” with agencies responsible for health and safety at the workplace, as well as to meet its obligations under the Employer’s Safety Act. “I also urge other employers to do the same, thus ensuring that workers are protected in the conduct of their duties. The worker is the most important resource in any organization, a resource which must be protected and cherished to ensure the organization’s sustainability and contribution to national development,” she concluded. Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img

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