Conference to promote health and safety

Health, safety and wellness in the workplace will be the subject of a two-day conference for human resources professionals and business managers in the Cayman Islands next week.

Experts from the UK, Bermuda and Canada will be among the speakers at the conference to be held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Monday and Tuesday.

Certification and training opportunities for safety personnel, managing employee disabilities and a case study of compensation cases involving injury or illness in the workplace will be part of the programme of events.

Edris Ocho, of Grand Cayman consulting firm the Health and Safety Tutor, said the idea of the conference was to brief local businesses on international standards and provide a networking forum and training opportunities.

He said: “The aim is to raise the level of awareness within the Cayman Islands, not just of the current regulations but also of the standards and practices that are in place internationally.

“Good policies on health and safety and wellness in the workplace bring benefits for everyone. We have guest speakers coming in to talk about a variety of subjects.”

He said the event was being organised in association with the British Institute of Occupational Health and Safety and the University of the West Indies Open Campus (Cayman).

The event begins on Monday with a seminar on employee disability in the workplace. Monday’s schedule also includes a talk from Sydney Sears, president of the institute’s Caribbean branch on implementing contractor safety management systems.

Day two will feature a session on Bermuda’s health and safety regulations, led by guest speakers from the territory.

There will also be a networking session on best practices for emergency procedures.

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