Since the Safety and Health at Work Act 2005 was proclaimed earlier this year, said Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Peter Earle, there has been increased sensitisation on health and safety issues.
However, he stated more work still needed to be done, and the council has started with the next generation of employers and employees. The NACOSH has done this through the launch of a poster competition geared at†children eight years and older.
This afternoon at the Ministry of Labour at the Warrens Office Complex in Warrens, the Environmental Protection Department and Neal & Massy Barbados Group of Companies made presentations to the ministry towards the NACOSH poster competition.
It is being judged in eight to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 18 and 18 and over.
This afternoon, Earle said one of the major reasons for hosting the competition was to make people more aware of the provisions of the new act.
“We need to create the type of safety cultures in organisations that would make people very conscious of their responsibilities and would lead to a more safe environment,” he said.
Neal & Massy Manager, Brian Reid, stated: “We thought the poster competition was a fantastic initiative which the company was pleased to support because it sought to sensitise and bring information to individuals within the schools, the young ones who would eventually come into the work force.
“Ideally, coming already with the culture ingrained in them as opposed to what we are currently trying to do with the individuals who are working with us with respect to changing behaviours and thought processes.” (KC)