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Call to step up workplace safety efforts in Belarus

Society 09.11.2018 | 13:22
Vladimir Kukharev chairs the session. Photo courtesy of the Emergencies Ministry
Vladimir Kukharev chairs the session. Photo courtesy of the Emergencies Ministry

MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – Executives and civil servants should always pay attention to the safety of workplaces and the safety of people in crowded places. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev made the statement during the session of the emergencies commission under the Council of Ministers on 9 November, BelTA has learned.

The session took place in the national center for crisis response and containment of the Emergencies Ministry. A video conference was arranged to keep in touch with the oblast administrations. Participants of the session discussed the implementation of the Belarus president's directive on improving public safety and discipline at hazardous enterprises and in crowded places. The state of affairs at enterprises run by the Belarusian timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry concern Bellesbumprom and at construction sites was discussed.

A survey has been carried out upon instructions of the Belarusian head of government. Serious violations of safety precautions were detected at a number of facilities and sites. “We saw that orders and recommendations of oversight agencies have been ignored. A number of executives failed to discharge their duties properly,” noted Vladimir Kukharev. “The safety of our enterprises is one of the key tasks executives have to accomplish. Recent events, including at [the woodworking company] Mogilevdrev, indicate that these matters need the attention of executives every day. Moreover, these companies have people employed to take care of safety arrangements.”

In the wake of the survey conclusions have been made and measures have been taken to enforce safety arrangements at every enterprise regardless of whether the enterprise has been surveyed or not. “Today's session is supposed to make municipal government agencies, ministries, and other bodies to take all the necessary safety measures not only at enterprises but also in crowded places and in places of residence,” said Vladimir Kukharev.

The national strategy on reducing the risk of emergencies in Belarus in 2019-2030 was also discussed. The emergencies commission under the Council of Ministers also discussed the plan to arrange a nationwide awareness-raising day. The document stipulates measures to prevent emergencies, violations, and crimes and teach its participants how to respond to emergencies. For the first time the event will be timed to 1 March – World Civil Defense Day.

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