Ministry appoints Occupational Health and Safety Council


The Ministry of Social Protection has appointed a National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) to advise the Minister responsible for Labour, on matters relating to occupational safety and health.


The seventeen (17) member body was appointed by Minister within the Ministry, Keith Scott and will serve for a period of one year.


Chairman of the council is Mr. Andrew Garnett who is an Occupational Safety Expert in his own right, the Ministry said.


“The appointment of the NACOSH is provided for by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, CAP. 99:10   and is designed to give greater efficacy to the Ministry’s mandate for the safety and health of all stakeholders on the occupational landscape in Guyana” a statement from the Ministry said.


The government said the appointment  of NACOSH  which has been dormant  and dysfunctional for almost four years comes at a time when the government has renewed its resolve to promote  and advance workers’ social protection.


In  delivering  the  charge  to  the  council,  Minister  Scott  reiterated   his  Ministry’s willingness to  partner  with  all willing participants  from  every section  of society to ensure that the health and well-being of workers are treated with utmost importance.


Minister Scott expressed the hope that the NACOSH,  inter alia, will carefully examine the relevant laws and recommend the necessary changes which will make Occupational Safety and  Health  a way of life throughout   every industrial   undertaking.


Minister  Scott also indicated   to the  Council  that  due  to the  higher  level to which  industrial   accident investigation   are  being  taken,  it may  be  expedient   for  members   of the  council  to join with the Occupational  Safety and Health  Officer of the Ministry  from time to time  in the conduct  of those  investigations.

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