Co-Trainers: MCIL OSH team, HRM, PPSP and HRD
The Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour continued to foster their professional development relationship by delivering a second Occupational Health and Safety in the Public Sector training within this financial year. The training invitation for this round was sent to State Owned Enterprises, to ensure inclusiveness in this capacity building initiative that supports the enforcement of OSH throughout the Public Sector. In this collaborative effort, the training focused on the following objectives for a collective approach to strengthening OSH in the workplace:
1. Discuss Workplace Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in context with relevant examples
2. Understand the OSH process and reporting avenue,
3. Analyze potential OSH hazards and management controls
4. Describe and apply to workplace acquired understanding of existing OSH Policy and Regulations in the Public Sector
5. Design a basic workplace requirement guide for OSH related matters
This training was conducted in 4 half days at the TATTE Conference Room, from the 17th to the 20th of May, 2022. The target participants were those dealing with the implementation and enforcement of OSH in their workplaces, including OSH policies. The training aimed to align both OSH practice and policies with set international / national standards, as well as ensure that they are both valid and current in workplaces. After all, the business of OSH is to ensure that all employees are work in a safe and healthy environment. It was anticipated that SOEs will have a higher level of participation and exchange due to the hands-on nature of their work in the Public Sector. This was engaged by MCIL and PSC as a way forward in OSH practice and OSH policies, utilizing this platform for talanoa / consultation on OSH for best practice and policy drafting in light of Samoa’s current governing national documents and pathway. There were several practical activities to broaden understanding and strengthen the value of OSH in any work environment. All twenty-four (24) participants contributed valuable insight during this training, had the opportunity to share with other participants as well as received relevant coaching on OSH matters. Participants were encouraged to practice knowledge sharing with their colleagues, and to lead in OSH activities in their workplaces. To acknowledge and confirm their knowledge and skills acquired through the training, participants were awarded certificates.