- 07 December, 2016:
Raising awareness on Asbestos, its hazards and on how to manage asbestos at workplaces is at the fore of discussions during a three-day tripartite training programme which opened on 05 December 2016 at the Maritim Resort & Spa, Turtle Bay, Balaclava, in the presence of the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh S. Callichurn.
Some 50 participants namely representatives from the Government, Employers’ and Workers’ organisations, are attending the training programme organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation .
Participants are being acquainted with the up-to-date features regarding the hazard one can face owing to continuous exposure and the use of asbestos. After the training programme, participants will also be more aware of asbestos, its uses, the hazard it represents for people exposed to it especially for workers and the measures to be taken to protect workers in addition to being given an overview of the Occupational Safety and Health (Control of Asbestos) Regulations 2014.
In his address, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh S. Callichurn, enumerated the various measures taken by Government with the view to curtailing exposure of persons to the hazards of asbestos. He also pointed out that presently there is no new use of asbestos at workplaces and that asbestos-containing materials are being replaced with asbestos-free materials.
Measures taken against asbestos include; adoption of a National Action Plan on Asbestos, in 2002 to protect workers against the hazards of asbestos; site visits conducted at several worksites; adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health (Control of Asbestos at Work) Regulations 2014, which aim at fulfilling the requirements for control of existing asbestos at places of work, given that its importation has been prohibited under the Dangerous Chemicals Control Act 2004.
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