On Thursday, the Ministry of Labour commenced its two and a half-day joint Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Committee Training Programme for staff members of the Supreme Court of Judicature.
The programme kicked off with an opening session chaired by the Supreme Court’s Registrar, Sueanna Lovell. Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton; Chief Justice Roxane George; Justices Sandra Kurtzious and Damone Young and OSH Consultant/ de facto Head of the ministry’s OSH Department, Gwenyth King were also in attendance.
Justice George, during brief remarks, spoke of the importance of the training and what it means to the judicial system. “This training session marks the culmination of a somewhat lengthy process for the Supreme Court of Judicature. As we are aware, we must establish formal occupational safety and health mechanisms and systems.”
As Justice George stressed the importance of the training, she stated that OSH practices ensure a safe environment for workers, preventing “hazards, accidents and harm” while performing work-related activities.
She, therefore, said the goal is to promote the health and well-being of all staff and employees. According to her, the Supreme Court has a workforce of close to 500, with staff throughout the length and breadth of Guyana providing court services. “Keeping all of us safe is a priority,” she asserted.