As part of activities marking Health and Safety Month, PDV Caribe Dominica on Friday April 12th staged its first ever Health and Safety Exposition under the theme: “Safety is an obligation not an option”.
The exposition staged at the Public Service Union Building (PSU), was conceptualized to educate the public, increase awareness and encourage the business public to practice healthy and safety habits.
PDV Caribe Dominica, through the exposition partnered with a number of business entities in bringing greater awareness of the need to incorporate health and safety practices in the workplace.
This is the second consecutive year that the company is observing health and safety month.
Health and Safety Officer at PDV Caribe Dominica Limited Kendel Austrie in delivering remarks at the opening of the exposition said the event attracted a number of organizations.
“This event brings together the various organizations here in Dominica who offer health and safety products and services and gives an opportunity to these organizations and the public to be part of this very important event” he said.
Mr. Austrie expressed optimism that the event would meet its objective.
“We hope that by the end of this exercise, we would have created a heighted awareness about the best practices of health safety and we would have gained more partners in health and safety as well as we would have created a much safer business environment in Dominica”he emphasized.
Sales and Marketing Manager at PDV Caribe Dominica Limited Ian Pinard remarked that the initiative is part of the company’s social mission.
“Distributing petroleum products is our core business, but our purpose goes beyond the distribution of petroleum products. At heart we are a service company, an oil company, with a social conscience and a social mission, a mission of improving the quality of life of Dominicans” Mr. Pinard confirmed.
He noted further that the health and exposition which will become an annual one is designed to strengthen the safety culture in Dominica.
“Safety is a top priority for us and we want to make that clear that is why our objective to strengthen a safety culture in and around our facility and promote that safety culture in the entire country”.
Mr.Pinard explained that a safety culture can be achieved by” taking preventative action and by stopping harmful events long before they happen.”
Other companies partnering in the initiative included DOMLEC, Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Colgate Palmolive and DOWASO.
Eighteen Government agencies including the Dominica Red Cross, the Fire and Ambulance Service, the Dominica Police Force and the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation participated in the exposition.