As part of commemorating this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Ministry responsible for OSH in Samoa celebrated with a number of events including a National First Aid Training for over 70 participants from both the public sector and private business firms.
The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL) in collaboration with the Samoa Red Cross Society and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitated a one week training from 19-23 April 2021.
“The continuous support from the International Labour Organization made this training possible”, said MCIL’s Chief Executive Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling.
“The training aimed to encourage private and public sector organisations to have First Aid Certificates were also presented to the participants that had successfully
completed their training the week prior.
Pulotu emphasised the invaluable skills and knowledge from the First Aid course, useful not only in the workplace, but within our communities and families.
Participants from businesses, government corporations and ministries were excited to be presented with First Aid Certificates upon completing their training.
Samoa’s World Day for Safety and Health celebrations concluded with the Official
Launch of Occupational Safety and Health Guides covering various hazards and high risk areas at the workplace including electrical, manual handling, lifestyle and wellbeing, as well as respiratory viruses.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 Theme: Anticipate, Prepare and Respond to Crises – Invest Now in Resilient Occupational Safety and Health Systems.
In addition to these activities, the Ministry also delivered focus group sessions targeting employer and employee organisations and a talk show appearance with TV3’s Lupe Lu helped to raise awareness in partnership two key agencies; FESA and ACC.
The two week long activities aimed at building appreciation for capacity building to respond to emergencies and to also have in place practical OSH systems to guide organisations both
in the public and private sector.