A Three-Day training for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) held at the Upgraded Multi-Purpose Hall Conference room will end tomorrow.
The training was organized by Honiara City Council (HCC) Tourism Division with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT). The main objective of the training is to address the gap in the health and safety at work place in our tourism and hospitality sector here in Honiara.
The Director for Tourism and Culture Division of HCC, Mr. Jefferson Patovaki, stated that health and safety of employees in our hospitality sector in Honiara needed improvement.
“OHS is one gap area identified by the Tourism Division since taking up office in 2020”, Mr. Patovaki adds.
He further adds that the training is part of his division’s work plan for this year.
The Director is happy that the tourism unit under the division is implementing the activity.
Facilitator Glyn Joshua of Results Training and Consultancy said that it is important for Hotel, Motels, and Local Tourism operators to understand the safe work procedures and to create a safe environment and improves employee productivity by using personal protection and safety equipment as required by the employer.
Joshua said the training aims to give awareness and equip participants with skills and knowledge in terms of OHS and HACCP.
“Participants are learning a lot from each presentation and discussion during this training and has been a great success.”
“They discussed and also share their experiences and challenges encountered when complying with all regulations within their workplaces”, he added.
“This training is new to some participants but they learn a lot from the training through discussions and presentations,” said Joshua.
Joshua added that it was interesting and a privilege to have officers from the Ministry of Labor talking about the legislation.
He said the legislation is the core fundamental aspect of OHS and HACCP to inform operators to be aware of legislation During the training, Deputy Commissioner of Labor, Mr. Dami Sulia O’ota talked to the participants about the overview of the legislation base on the Health and Safety of OHS and HACCP.
He added that the legislations are to guide local operators on the importance of controlling arising hazards in the workplace that could impair the health and well-being of workers.
Meanwhile, Joshua said that this hospitality industry is very important within the region and country as well, not only for hotel and motel operators but there are other construction companies and industries to learn more about this apart from hospitality.
More than 10 participants from different hospitality industries within Honiara will receive their certificates for recognition after completing the training tomorrow.
ENDS/// HCC Press