Creating a safe workplace for women

March 15,2017 Post Courier

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A GENDER-smart safety program conducted at the RamuNiCo Management (MCC) site at Basamuk drew a lot of interest from the miner’s female employees.
The program was conducted early this month.
The introductory awareness was done by the deputy general manager operations, Bill Hill, as part of RamuNiCo’s observance of the national mining safety week from March 6-11.
This was an initiative of the Business Council for Women aimed at improving safety of women in the workforce. The session was to introduce solutions available to help business make its work places safer for women.
Moreover, the solutions are tailor made for PNG business, national and international experts as well as more than 20 PNG businesses from diverse industries that helped develop these best practice resources.
Female employees of RamuNiCo who attended the awareness were from the health, safety and environment department, administration plus two reps from NCS-Raibus catering company.
HSE assurance manager, Bernice Suma said for her it was an eye-opener for female employees and therefore, it is important that RamuNiCo considers the gender smart safety solutions.
Senior process plant managers, superintendents and representatives from various departments at the Refinery also attended the awareness session.
Mr Hill also played a video, which explained how the strategy model could help businesses improve safety of female staff.
The video also explained how the Business Council for Women uses its training and consultancy services to equip staff of interested companies willing to join with skills to replicate women’s workplace safety audits across multiple worksites.

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