Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HSE launches websiteOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today The first Government website designed to help employers meet their healthand safety responsibilities has been launched by the Health & SafetyExecutive. Hsedirect.com is a joint venture between the HSE and publisher ButterworthsTolley which aims to provide online information to help firms comply withhealth and safety law and HSE guidance. Health & Safety Commission chairman Bill Callaghan said, “We havedesigned hsedirect as a user-friendly site intended to help business, particularlysmall and medium-sized firms, understand and develop health and safety.” “Now busy employers will be able to obtain the information they need tocomply, quickly, easily and inexpensively,” he added. The site, which is also available on a CD-Rom, provides access to the latestlegislation and HSE guidance. There is also consolidated UK legislation, European Union directives, news,case summaries, press releases, links to HSE and other relevant sites andmaterial from Butterworths Tolley. It is designed to help employers meet the targets set out by the Governmenton health and safety. These include reducing the number of working days lost through work-relatedinjuries, reducing work-related ill-health and reducing the number of fatal andmajor injuries. www.hsedirect.com Related posts:No related photos.
Local-based wood-workers in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, under the banner of the Gompa United Wood Association, (GUWA) has over the years empowered its members as well as individuals engaged in construction and other sylvan (wood-related) activity in the area, by proving them with quality processed and or finished wood products. GUWA is an auxiliary of the Liberia Chain-saw and Timber Dealer Union, also based in Ganta, Nimba County, and a full member of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA).Established since August 2007, GUWA now has a full membership of 15 persons. However, its activities are spread across the six original districts in the county. Joe K. Touah, Sr., is the association’s deputy manager for Administration. He made the above disclosures recently in Ganta at the entity’s main offices to the Daily Observer. GUWA, according to Mr. Touah, is located on two lots in the Deikermein Community. “It has economically empowered its members through a loan of US$35,000 received from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) through the bank’s loan scheme. The loan scheme is made possible through the leadership of the bank’s executive governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones. “That money,” Mr. Touah said, “has helped them purchased the first set of modern wood-processing devices/machines, and upgraded our workshop as well.” According to him, the primary objective of GUWA is to among other things, empower its members, and improve the living standards of most of the rural dwellers that are in the business of reconstructing homes that suffered damage from the war. “As such, we offer reasonable prices as low as L$100 for a piece of processed or finished 2×2 to our customers. “For example,” Mr. Touah said, “a piece processed 2×2 is sold by GUWA for at least L$100, and upward to include prices of 2×4, 2×6, etc. This is because, at such prices, customers are being encouraged to purchase more pieces of woods for construction purposes.According to him, apart from selling wood, GUWA intends to venture into bigger businesses such like furniture manufacturing and or building construction.“To control our own economy, we, from the beginning of our establishment, taxed each of our official members to make a personal financial contribution towards the upkeep of the association.”GUWA administration is structured is such a way that sales is controlled by Mr. Anthony Sulu, while its finances are managed by Mr. William Teage.ChallengesLike any other organization, GUWA has its own challenges, some of which include the payment of tax to the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and to the Revenue Division at the Ministry of Finance. With all the stumbling blocks including the payment of tax, and the rental fee for the land its operates on, the association has continued to strive and better serve the residents of Ganta in particular and the people of Nimba County in general.In the face of such challenges, the association is appealing to relevant authorities to come to its aid through the reduction of taxes, and personal financial contributions or by becoming a full member to GUWA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)