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  • The day, themed: ‘Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work’, is important given the fact that the country is preparing to pass legislation dealing with occupational and safety health.
  • The legislation will have major provisions for the safe use and handling of chemicals at work, and will apply to all places of employment.
  • The symposium, “explored, among other things, the classification and labelling of chemicals and the management of chemical emergencies in Jamaica.”

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is being observed on Monday, April 28, with an Occupational and Health Safety Symposium at the offices of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).

The symposium is organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during a tour of Berger Paints Jamaica Limited facilities on Thursday, April 24, said the day, themed: ‘Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work’, “is important given the fact that the country is preparing to pass a comprehensive piece of legislation dealing with occupational and safety health.”

That legislation he said will have major provisions for the safe use and handling of chemicals at work, and will apply to all places of employment.

He stated that the symposium, “explored, among other things, the classification and labelling of chemicals and the management of chemical emergencies in Jamaica.”

The event will address the key issues of management of chemical emergency in Jamaica, the role of standards in occupational safety and health, as well as discuss the draft National Hazardous Installation policy.

Acting Senior Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Department at the Ministry, Derrick Henry told JIS News, that the symposium is of great importance because “chemicals affect everyone and if there are guidelines for the usage and handling of chemicals then we need to follow these guidelines.”

He is urging users of chemicals to carefully follow the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which usually comes attached to the substances and outlines the proper usage and disposal.

The symposium is being hosted in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Ministry of Health, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPEM), and the BSJ.