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BVI institutes policy to protect public officers in the workplace

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 10:55 AM

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – The Government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says a policy is now in place to protect the health, safety and welfare of public officers in the workplace. 

On Friday, the Government said its cabinet recently approved the Health and Safety Policy and Procedure Manual that outlines the government’s “commitment to ensuring the protection of its officers, clients, contractors, suppliers, visitors, neighbours and the public from hazards and risks associated with its operations, and to the provision of adequate workplace facilities”. 

Health and Safety coordinator in the Department of Human Resources, Dawn Leonard, said the policy’s implementation has already begun, adding that “it is envisioned that it will be fully implemented over a two-year period". 

She said the primary goal of the policy is “to protect officers from injuries arising on the job”.

She also hopes that the public service will emerge as a leader in the promotion of healthy, safe and congenial working environments in the territory and eventually the region,” the statement said, adding that the BVI Government is now compliant with Section 138 (1) a. 

“The policy compliments the information outlined in the Virgin Islands Labor Code, 2010, as it relates to work place safety, and can be used as a guide for other organisations in the territory,” the statement said. 

It said the policy will be enforced in part by a team of public officers from various ministries and departments, who make up a committee called the Joint Workplace Health and Safety Oversight Committee. 

“The committee’s responsibilities are to conduct, where necessary, accident investigation, and provide expert advice on health and safety matters to the deputy governor and director of human resources,” the statement said.