With the discovery of abundant oil reserves in 2015, Guyana is moving rapidly towards industrialization. As we have discovered, rapid industrialization demands a shift in organizational culture. It also challenges us as Guyanese to invest in ourselves and develop new, more relevant skills, Occupational Safety and Health Training.
One of the most important cultures organizations and workers alike should develop is Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Many, many years ago when I’d just entered the workplace in Canada, the first thing I was required to do was complete WHMIS training (WHMIS is a Canadian safety standard). Employers in Guyana are now beginning to implement this requirement. I’ll tell you why this is so important below.
Regardless of the size of the company or industry, all workers, from the CEO downwards, face risk in the workplace. In some industries, such as in the mining and oil industries, the dangers are evident: exposure to harmful chemicals, fires, explosions and breakdown of machinery are just some of the health risk that workers in these fields face every single working day. For other fields of business, however, the dangers are not as obvious: working in an office or a restaurant may seem harmless, but poor ergonomics, food contamination and psychological stress can also cause health problems that can hamper productivity. Because hazards are present in all types of industries, it’s essential for you to possess at least a basic knowledge in occupational safety and health and to update this knowledge on a regular basis.
This is why we have developed our program The Basics of Occupational Safety and Health. It was designed by Safety Practitioners with a cumulative 50 years experience in the field and is delivered over 10 weeks. The course was fully approved by the National Accreditation Council in 2018. If you are interested in upgrading your skills to become more marketable in our rapidly industrializing Guyana, click here to get started.
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