Friday 4 December, 2020

Supermarkets, Labour Ministry to host webinar series on best practices

Retailers will have the opportunity to directly raise any concerns they may have with representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at a free, interactive, digital series from the Supermarket Association (SATT).

SATT in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, National Insurance Board (NIBTT) and OSHA announced the webinar series earlier this week.

The ground-breaking series themed “We Empower… You Thrive” will have an official launch on Friday.

The first session of the seven-week series begins next Wednesday at 1 pm.

SATT President Rajiv Diptee told Loop News the series – the first of its kind – will provide a forum for business owners to engage with OSHA and pose questions they may not normally get answered.

“Some retailers say agencies like OSHA are coming down on them but now they will have the opportunity to pose their questions directly to them.

OSHA has, in the past, not given information and guidelines sufficiently ahead of time on what they were looking for when conducting inspections.”  

Now, the SATT head said, this forum will give businesses the opportunity to find out what avenues for recourse exist so there is “fair treatment” across the board.

He said the series will also benefit smaller business enterprises by equipping them with the necessary tools and know-how to brush up on their record keeping.

He noted this is particularly useful for these establishments as many are not too keen on bookkeeping and could use some guidance.

Diptee, who said the end goal is building relationships and connections, is hopeful that the initiative generates considerable buzz.

“This is a massive initiative, and so, we would like to see a massive response with business people getting on board and registering for these sessions. We’ve never had any sessions like these before so we hope that retailers sign up and take advantage of this webinar series.”

“We’re all very excited about it, hope its heavily subscribed,” he added.

Some of the topics to be addressed during these sessions include standardising migrant workers, the employer and employee during COVID-19, the benefits of registering with NIS, maternity leave during COVID-19, HIV sensitisation and OSHA requirements.

Diptee assured that this was no politically motivated campaign but an exercise borne out of necessity and the culmination of a series of discussions.

The sessions will go during the election period and is intended to provide retailers with the tools to “future proof” their business to manage the turbulence of COVID-19.

Participants will receive certificates on the completion of the weekly web sessions.

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