GIS - 10 December, 2013: A one-day ‘Assises de la Sécurité au Travail’ opened this morning at the Cyber Tower 1, Ebène Cybercity, by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed.
Over 100 participants comprising representatives from the Government, Employers’ organisations and Workers’ organisations including Safety and Health professionals are attending the forum organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.
The objective is to create a platform where all stakeholders having an interest in safety at work can take stock of the current situation and discuss the various challenges and prospects of safety at work. Eventually the participants will have to come up with concrete innovative, realistic and achievable recommendations so as to instill a safety culture in Mauritius.
Opening the assises, the Minister Shakeel Mohamed, made an appeal to every employer to comply with the norms and regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2005 so as to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of their employees. He showed concerns about the work related accidents and cautioned that those who do not abide by the law will be severely punished.
Minister Mohamed also pointed out that though Mauritius has achieved considerable progress regarding Occupational Safety over the years which has resulted in a decrease in fatal accidents caused on work sites, yet, he added, there is still more to be done to bring down to zero the number of fatal accidents. He therefore, called for the various stakeholders to collaborate and find concrete solutions to address health and safety issues.
On this score, he made an appeal to all those concerned in the field of Occupational Safety and Health to come up with such recommendations that would help to better protect the workers and ultimately help in saving lives.
On the same occasion, the Ministry launched an awareness campaign to raise concern about health and safety at work with a projection of a video clip as well as posters and bill boards to raise concern about health and safety at work.
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