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Blood pressure, diabetes to take centre stage June 19

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

With nearly 700,000 Jamaicans having high blood pressure, and nearly 250,000 Jamaicans with diabetes mellitus, or ‘sugar’, according to the latest Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey data, occupational safety and health (OHS) professionals are taking the battle against the bulge to workplaces.

To address the alarming upswing in the number of Jamaicans living with chronic non-communicable diseases, professionals in the fields of occupational safety and health will gather at this year’s continuing education seminar to be held June 19 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, St Andrew , Jamaica, with registration starting at 8 a.m.

The cutting-edge seminar is being hosted by the Jamaica Occupational Health & Safety Professionals Association, and will include presenters from the professional association and The University of the West Indies, as well as a number of companies showcasing their Workplace Health and Wellness programmes. The initiatives come on the heels of repeated calls by the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton for companies to do more in developing programmes that empower employees to make healthier choices.

Occupational safety & health, according to the International Labour Organisa-tion and World Health Organization, is the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations, by preventing departures from health, controlling risks and the adaptation of work to people, and people to their jobs. Whereas OSH is a well-established discipline in larger economies, developing and emerging economies lag in developing endogenous frameworks, legislation, policies and practitioners for advancing the rights and well-being of workers. The advent of Jamaica’s OSH Act will likely help to consolidate the practice and study of OSH in Jamaica.