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Labour inspectors need retraining on green jobs

by South African Govt News Agency
on 11 Jun 2013
South African Government News Agency
South African Government News Agency

Labour inspectors would have to be retrained not only on how to identify hazards associated with some of the technologies that are going to be used with the proliferation of green jobs, but also to enable them to educate workers about the risks associated with the greening process.

This is one of the recommendations from the committee on Sustainable Development, one of the committees of the 102nd International Labour Conference meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

South Africa's Department of Labour's Chief Inspector, Thobile Lamati, said the department was already making arrangements for the retraining of inspectors.

"We will be training our inspectors and workers on the risks posed by the transition from fossil fuel to renewables. Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs guarantees the occupational health and safety of workers," Lamati said.

The department was already in the process of looking at the policy implications of this economic shift.

"It is important, where necessary, that we ensure the greening processes are properly regulated to give effect to the decent work country objectives," he said.

The committee acknowledged that the transition to sustainable development and green jobs will cause shifts in volumes, composition and quality of employment across sectors.

Caution should therefore be exercised during the navigation to a greener economy. Given the vulnerability of workers in this sector, it was also felt that there was a need for strength


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