(ZIZ News) — The National Emergency Management Agency, The Basic Needs Trust Fund and the Department of Labor, hosted an Occupational Safety and Health Disaster Management Workshop at the NEMA conference room on Wednesday.

Disaster Emergency Management and Staff, emergency first responders, shelter managers and key stakeholders were in attendance at the workshop.

Acting Labor Commissioner Shernel James gave an outline of the workshop.

“The workshop is about Occupational Safety and Health. The concentration is more for persons in the area of emergency and disaster management. We at the department of Labor were asked to facilitate the training in terms of finding content in trainees so we have assisted and partnered with NEMA in order to bring about the training.

James also mentioned that the Safety and Health in Disaster Management Workshop is timely as the hurricane season is underway.

“I believe the timing is perfect because we are now in the midst of a Hurricane Season and it is designed basically for persons who are in the area of disaster management and first responders. Therefore they will have an assessment of what to expect if a disaster occurs and how to respond to it effectively”, she stated.

The workshop consisted of 6 areas of concentration including Defining Occupational Safety and Health, The Basic Principles of Occupational Safety and Health, Identifying Hazards and Risks, Hazardous Prevention and Control, Practical Aspects of Occupational Safety and Health as well as Safety and Health Management.

An evaluation exercise was given at the end of the session.