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Recyclers trained in health and occupational safety

Solid Waste transfer station

Solid Waste transfer station

Solid Waste transfer station

Wednesday, September 17, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority has been charged of the safe disposal of refuse for Belize City and towns along the western corridor from San Ignacio to San Pedro for several years now.

But the unsung heroes of the project are the approximately 21 recyclers, ordinary Belizeans that pick into the tons of garbage dumped every day to recover items that can be re-used.

As part of ensuring higher standards for the project, recyclers and supervisors at the Mile 3 George Price Highway transfer station today completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.

Philip Waight

Philip Waight

We spoke to facilitator Philip Waight about the importance of businesses protecting their workers from on-the-job accidents and other safety concerns.

According to Waight, businesses should not wait for the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill before beginning to attend to their workers’s key concerns – and the bill is not really necessary to force businesses to act; he says it is better for them to be safe than sorry on this issue.

Businesses as a matter of course should be concerned about the health and safety of their workers. In this case, it is about ensuring that these workers have the tools they need for their jobs – gloves, masks and other items.

Tyrone Chimilio

Tyrone Chimilio

The Social Communications Officer for the Authority, Tyrone Chimilio, says the workers have been given these things and for the most part workers have not complained, and have in fact been working much harder than when they were not regulated.

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