Health and safety at workplace

OCCUPATIONAL, Health and Safety (OHS) representatives from various government ministries and organisations in the Eastern and Central divisions had the opportunity to learn more about the organisational core values of health and safety at workplaces during a workshop yesterday.

As part of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebration, the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations organised the workshop for the representatives at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

Ministry OHS trainer, Sairusi Rokocikavira told the representatives, it was important for them to understand those core values.

“There are a lot of changes in our workplaces and some values that we need to familiarise ourselves with are our social involvement and this can literally mean our social support, teamwork and support by managers and co-workers,” Mr Rokocikavira said.

“This value is quite important in any organisation because social involvement will need teamwork that is supported by its management. One of the drives in OHS when you look at some productivity measures is through teamwork. For instance, when you do a productivity project within your small group, this requires teamwork.

“Other values also include justice, trust, sustainability, participation, resilience and flexibility and development and growth.”

The representatives also learned more about the contract of service of any worker.

Mr Rokocikavira added one of the key words in OHS was contract of service.

“There are three major key words when such contracts appear. There is a term for it and this is work, worker, and work place which impacts a contract or service.

“You will see some employers provide workers only three months of working contract based on performance or even a year or so. Most people are often worried because they feel their days are numbered as a result of contracts. It’s a changing world of work and contract of service is one of the important aspects.”

The celebration has the theme Joining in building a culture of prevention of OHS.

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