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  • Sensitisation sessions on occupational safety and health are being planned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), as part of activities for Workers’ Week 2015.
  • Workers’ Week, which began on Sunday, May 17, gives recognition to the workers of Jamaica for their contribution to nation-building.
  • Beginning on Wednesday, May 20, a session, dubbed ‘Snapshot’ will be held at the Portmore Shopping Centre under the theme: ‘Occupational Safety and Health’.

Sensitisation sessions on occupational safety and health are being planned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), as part of activities for Workers’ Week 2015.

Workers’ Week, which began on Sunday, May 17, gives recognition to the workers of Jamaica for their contribution to nation-building.

Beginning on Wednesday, May 20, a session, dubbed ‘Snapshot’ will be held at the Portmore Shopping Centre under the theme: ‘Occupational Safety and Health’.

Guest speaker will be Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier.

Speaking at a  Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on May 19, at the agency’s head office, Director of Occupational Safety and Health at the Ministry, Robert Chung, said ‘Snapshot’ will display pictures highlighting positive safety practices that are encouraged at workplaces.

He said the event will also focus on the main features of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill to be tabled in Parliament.

Additionally, Mr. Chung said officers of the Ministry will engage workers at the shopping centre and members of the public on matters related to safety and health at the workplace.

“Once persons see the words and pictures, their curiosity will be raised and we will have persons there who will explain the meaning of the pictures,” he said, adding that the display will be taken to all the major business communities across the island.

Giving reasons for hosting the sessions, Mr. Chung said that working conditions need to be improved “for us to become competitive in the world of work, internationally.”

“In year 2000, we did a workplace index in Jamaica and the majority of workplaces were just falling above 52 per cent of satisfying the index,” he said, adding that workplaces in Jamaica were very high on the list during the 1980s and 1990s.

“So, from then on we have been trying to raise the awareness, improve the working conditions, so that we can become more competitive,” Mr. Chung said.

On Thursday, May 21, an event dubbed, ‘Centenarian Day’, organised by the National Council for Senior Citizens, will be held at the Harrison Memorial Home, 25 Charlton Avenue, Kingston, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Chung said that centenarian, Ismay Mitchell, will be honoured at the event for her contribution to national development.