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Raising Awareness of Occupational Diseases at ASCO Trinidad and Tobago

ASCO colleagues in Trinidad recently planned a series of activities from hazard hunts to safety slogan competitions, all to raise awareness of workplace health safety on the ‘2013 Safety and Health at Work’ day, established by the International Labour Organisation. 

We caught up with Kelene Arjoon, Trinidad’s HSEQ Coordinator, to tell us more.

“In Trinidad we wanted to mark the 2013 Safety and Health at Work day on 28th April, raising awareness of various health and safety initiatives, but with a particular focus on the prevention of occupational diseases. We chose to carry out a series of activities throughout the week in support of this.

“Activities to heighten awareness of occupational diseases included a safety slogan competition, where participants were asked to craft a catchy slogan reflecting the theme ‘Prevention of occupational diseases.’ The winning slogan, submitted by Jenifer Georges, ‘Proactive care of occupational health enables lasting quality of life and wealth!’ won the star prize of an exercise bike.” 

Lectures based on the theme were also given at all ASCO locations across Trinidad and Tobago.

Occupational diseases are those contracted as a result of an exposure to risk factors arising from work (ref: International Labour Organization). It is estimated that over 2 million people die annually from occupational disease. Events and initiatives like this are common place across the ASCO Group and a key part of the HSE culture, encouraging people to think differently about best HSE practice.