Min­istry and ILO seek to as­sist em­ploy­ers with PPEs

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The Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Parveen Bala, con­firmed that there has been talk to sub­sidise Per­sonal Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE).

The state­ment was made as re­sponse to queries from small busi­ness own­ers of es­sen­tial ser­vices. “We do not know when the pan­demic will end and what the new nor­mal will be like.

“Will we con­tinue to wear PPEs and how do we help em­ploy­ers main­tain that health safety.”

The min­istry has been in talks with the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ILO) to set up a sys­tem to as­sist em­ploy­ers with equip­ment and gear needed.

ILO in part­ner­ship with the min­istry has come up with a pro­gramme to help em­ploy­ers sup­ply Per­sonal Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) to their work­ers.

De­tails of what this pro­gramme will en­tail is yet to be fi­nalised.

ILO Fiji Na­tional Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer Surkafa Kata­fono said: “Per­sonal

Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) will be is­sued to sur­vey teams. Talks are cur­rently on who will pay for these. The re­sults of the as­sess­ment are ex­pected by the end of June and will be shared with the UN So­cio-eco­nomic as­sess­ment team and the Min­istry of In­dus­try and Trade team.”

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Mr Bala said they would soon be in­tro­duc­ing a recog­ni­tion award and will be fi­nal­is­ing their five-year plan.

“I am pleased to an­nounce we will be in­tro­duc­ing a recog­ni­tion award to those work­places that show com­pli­ance and com­mit­ment to­wards COVID-19 preven­tions. On a re­lated note, we are fi­nal­is­ing a five-year Na­tional Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Ser­vice Plan (2020-2024) to be launched later this year.”

He said there has been a lot of fo­cus on the safety side of OHS and he hopes to work closely with the Min­istry of Health to high­light the health as­pect.

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