ILO Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment in the Caribbean
Welcome to the webpage of the ILO Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment in the Caribbean. On these pages and in subsequent ones to be developed, you will find the latest news, information and upcoming events and training on occupational safety and health and the environment (OSHE) of benefit to Caribbean governments, and employers' and workers' organizations.
The ILO Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment in the Caribbean was initiated by the International Labour Organization Office for the Caribbean and the ILO Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SAFEWORK) in January 2011, with funding under the ILO Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA). The one-year Programme aims to support governments as well as employers' and workers' organizations in their efforts to improve occupational safety and health at the enterprise and national levels and to contribute to environmental sustainability of Small Island Developing States. The Programme is being implemented in the context of the Decent Work Agenda, a development strategy which strives for economic growth with equity and sustainable development. The Agenda is built on four pillars: providing opportunities for employment; ensuring respect for rights at work; providing social protection, (including safe working conditions); and promoting tripartism and social dialogue among governments, and employers' and workers' organizations.
The Programme targets countries and non-metropolitan territories of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and draws on regional and international expertise. A Team of OSHE Resource Persons has been established. The Lead Consultant is Dr. Alan Le Serve, a United Kingdom-based OSH expert with over 30 years of international experience, including in the ILO. The Team comprises representatives of the following:
The Team provides valuable guidance and also delivers services for, the implementation of the work plan for the ILO OSHE Programme.
The Programme is based on a needs assessment involving several Caribbean countries, that was undertaken by Dr. Le Serve in 2009. Among the priorities of the Programme are:
The linkages between activities and working conditions at the workplace and the consequences for the external environment will be highlighted under the Programme. The vulnerability of key sectors of Caribbean economies to climate change will provide the context for addressing these issues.
A module on the workplace response to HIV/AIDS, based on ILO HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 ( No. 200) and the ILO code of practice on HIV and AIDS and the world of work, is integrated in all OSH training to be delivered under the Programme.