Focus on workplace health and safety after restrictions ease
More time can be devoted to supporting workplace safety and health measures since the island moved into its latest phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior environmental health officer said.
Susan Hill Davidson’s comments came on World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is marked on April 28 by the International Labour Organisation.
She said: “The public is encouraged to ensure you have the training, safe working conditions and personal protective equipment for your work.
“If you have safety concerns, raise them with your supervisor, safety committee and/or employer.
“Bermuda has moved to a ‘living safely with Covid’ phase in the pandemic.
“The Occupational Safety and Health Office will have more time and resources to work with unions, trade organisations and other community partners to improve adherence to safety and health regulations island-wide.”
Ms Hill Davidson, who is also a programme manager for occupational safety and health, added: “Our sincere thanks for your co-operation, interest and input into the workplace safety of Bermuda’s workforce.
“Let’s today renew our commitment to stronger adherence to safe practices and rules and together build a positive safety and health culture.”
The same day is recognised by trade unions worldwide as the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers.
A government spokeswoman said: “On this day, in particular, we think of those in Bermuda who have suffered workplace accidents and illness, along with more than 100 countries worldwide.
“While major accidents or fatalities at work are rare in Bermuda, even minor injuries can have life-altering effects for workers and their families.”
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “Everyone has a responsibility for their own safety and others at work.
“Worker participation is essential in identifying risks and implementing solutions.
“The tripartite structure for occupational safety and health can be a powerful force for improving workplace safety standards.
“Covid-19 showed us how various protective measures can be utilised to reduce public health risk, with face masks being an example of PPE.
“Similarly, PPE can protect us at work and is a legal obligation in hazardous work conditions.”