Health and Safety symposium

This year as part of Environmental Health Month, a National Symposium on Occupational Health and Safety was held on June 26th.

At a time when unemployment is on the rise, persons grab any sort of occupation to survive.

As a result of this, those who have the power to employ, do so to persons under any condition and they are without a choice.

Matthew Leblanc, Labour Commissioner says this makes persons work under conditions that are unfavourable and destructive to their health.

He says work is a matter of human dignity and work is protected as a right in our legislature.

Dominica has joined part of the world community in promoting the decent work agenda.

While the statistics may indicate we do not have occupational accidents, it is a false representation of the reality because many persons are unaware of their responsibility to report an accident in the workplace.

Minister for Health, Honourable Julius Timothy says government, businesses and household are incorporating sustainability in their everyday actions and they in the ministry must employ strategies to promote protection and conservation of a pristine environment.

Government has been working feverishly to reduce environmental risks and has been able to put mechanisms in place which would promote risk reductions.

He would also like to give the government’s commitment that everything necessary will be done to ensure the health of workers and community members are protected.

The symposium continued throughout the day.

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