by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In commemoration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SKNCIC) has taken action to get vital support to workers and businesses in the Federation.
Executive Director of the Chamber, Mr. Kevin Hope, in a written statement to WINN FM shared that the Chamber has facilitated regular Safety Audits within the Manufacturing Sector; and as a result, several members in the manufacturing industry have Safety Departments and Safety Managers or are certified in Occupational Safety and Health.
According to Hope, the Chamber has facilitated audits in Education and Awareness, where the manufacturing division has visited members/plants to educate them on Occupational Safety and Health in the workplace and show videos and shared content.
Learning from failure is another strategic method used to encourage safety. In this regard, Hope said accidents are evaluated, mock videos are shown, and discussions are held on the possible ways to mitigate and improve safety.
Employees are also given incentives or are rewarded for identifying hazards, and in some cases, they are rewarded with as much as EC$100.00.
The Executive Director of the Chamber said training is extended to businesses outside the membership as this is how the Chamber empowers such businesses about Occupational Safety and Health and the benefits of adopting such practices.
In addition, Hope explained that several companies do not offer insurance to employees, and as such, damage can affect the entire household and their future, impact the ability of children and their education, where children cannot be supported physically, emotionally, and financially. He, therefore, encouraged the people of St Kitts and Nevis to ensure that they practice safety in the workplace and at home.