Importance of OHS
It is vital to understand the importance of undergoing an OHS training and learning about its legislations.
17 participants that attended a three day training on OHS Module 1 & 2 felt enlightened after the end of their session and were surprised with the amount of things they were unaware about when it came to OHS.
BSP Lifes’ Senior Facilities Officer, Basil Mika highlighted that when he came in for the training, he had no knowledge about it but after the last session he was confident that he could do the compliance work on his own rather than consulting outside sources.
He further shared an onsite incident that occurred few weeks ago on one of their work sites.
“This incident occurred at our premises three weeks ago whereby we were called to supervise one of the external contractors who were carrying out the exhaust for the generators. When we came there, they were already in the cherry picker working without any harness and helmet so what I did, I told them to come down and put on their protective gear then resume work.
“During the course I was told we have the right to stop work completely, so if I would have known then, the scenario would be completely different. We would have told them to stop work and go back so that we can further investigate this and ensure all the documentation is in place before they can come back,” said Mr Mika.
Another participant Ms Merewalesi Ledua, who is the Programs Assistant with the Programs Accreditation Team for the Fiji Higher Education Commission stressed her challenge at work when she tries to ensure that her colleagues workstations are clear.
“When we tell our colleagues to always keep their working areas clear of numerous papers, sometimes they don’t take it seriously, but we have learnt in this training that this is a hazard and through this training I can now explain to my team back in the office why it is important to keep their work stations clean,” said Ms Ledua.
The trainer Mr Rova stated that the three days training was more of a theory based informative session for the participants because when they started off, the participants mentioned they had no knowledge at all on OHS.
He has mentioned that they will be introducing OHS Module 3 & 4 in the coming months.