Education Key to Tackling Health and Safety, Sri Lanka

Monday 28 July was a great day for the Sri Lankan tea industry as a new year of recruits officially enrolled onto the Higher Diploma Course in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at the Head Quarters of NIOSH (National Institute of Safety and Health).

The Diploma, now in its third year, is a professional course designed specifically for the Sri Lankan tea industry that is helping to institutionalise work place safety. Ultimately the course is making tea estates better and safer for thousands of workers. Over the next few months 20 participants from Bogawantalawa, Elpitiya, Horana, Kahawatte, Kelani Valley and Talwakalle Regional Plantation Companies will learn how to identify health and safety issues at work and be given the necessary skills and tools to address them.

In total the participants will undertake 120 hours theoretical training and 120 hours on-site field demonstrations, which will culminate in a Graduation Ceremony taking place during Sri Lanka’s National Safety Week on 16th October 2014 that will be attended by the Minister of Labor.