Insee Ce­ment signs MOU to nur­ture oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - REAL ES­TATE/CON­STRUC­TION -

Insee Ce­ment re­cently signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health (NIOSH) to part­ner with the in­sti­tute and ini­ti­ate a ro­bust mech­a­nism to pro­vide aca­demic and prac­ti­cal train­ing for youth in Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety (OH&S) sec­tor.

NIOSH Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr. Champika Amaras­inghe said: “It is in­deed com­mend­able of Siam City Ce­ment Lanka, renowned in the coun­try as producers of high qual­ity Insee Ce­ment to strengthen the con­struc­tion in­dus­try by taking steps to rem­edy the cur­rent lack of safety pro­fes­sion­als in Sri Lanka. This clearly demon­strates Insee Ce­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety in the coun­try.”

Insee Ce­ment CEO Nan­dana Ekanayake said: “We strongly be­lieve in build­ing a brighter fu­ture for Sri Lanka and this is one of our prac­ti­cal and far­sighted ways of achiev­ing the goal of up­grad­ing the pro­fi­ciency of youth in our coun­try and mak­ing them un­der­stand the im­por­tance of health and safety.”

The train­ing will pro­vide for 12 par­tic­i­pants with a NVQ Level-five Safety Of­fi­cer Qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The struc­tured oneyear cur­ricu­lum will be ini­tially con­ducted at the NIOSH Of­fice in the Min­istry of Labour. The Course con­ducted by com­pe­tent pro­fes­sion­als will pro­vide prac­ti­cal ex­po­sure in an ad­vanced in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ment to the par­tic­i­pants.

Insee Ce­ment Health and Safety Head Gayan Fer­nando com­mented: “We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Labour Trade Union Re­la­tions and Sabaraga­muwa De­vel­op­ment for join­ing hands with Insee Ce­ment to en­hance the com­pe­ten­cies of safety pro­fes­sion­als who are in short sup­ply in the coun­try. The young peo­ple who are for­tu­nate enough to par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gramme can look for­ward to a bright fu­ture af­ter the valu­able train­ing they re­ceive.”

1: Labour, Trade Union Re­la­tions and Sabaraga­muwa De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter D.J. Senevi­ratne and Insee Ce­ment CEO Nan­dana Ekanayake (Left) shake hands af­ter sign­ing the agree­ment. Also in the pic­ture are NIOSH Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr. Champika Amaras­inghe (Left corner), Labour Min­istry Trade Union Re­la­tions and Sabaraga­muwa De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ni­mal Saran­tissa (3rd from right), Insee Ce­ment Health and Safety Head Gayan Fer­nando (2nd from Right) and Insee Ce­ment Tal­ent Man­ager Thushara Bala­sooriya (Right corner)

Labour, Trade Union Re­la­tions and Sabaraga­muwa De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter D.J. Senevi­ratne hand­ing over lap­tops to the par­tic­i­pants. Also in the pic­ture are Insee Ce­ment Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor Farzana Khan (Left corner), Insee Ce­ment CEO Nan­dana Ekanayake (Right corner), NIOSH Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr. Champika Amaras­inghe (3rd from Right) and Labour Min­istry Trade Union Re­la­tions and Sabaraga­muwa De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ni­mal Saran­tissa (2nd from Right)

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