BY MAVIS NSIHIMURA PODOKOLO
HONIARA City Council (HCC) plans to deal with the Delight Bakery factory work place occupational health and safety regulations.
This follows the tragic incident in which a man lost his life while working on Monday, January 22.
Head of Environmental Health Division Mr George Titiulu he told Island Sun yesterday, “the nature of work place is dealing with food industry and safety in food manufacturing industry which is critical for both workers and consumers of the products hence we are planning to step in.”
He said soon after the first responsible authorities’ process of investigation is completed HCC will kick starts its inspection.
Titiulu adds according to HCC’s ordinance regarding food, Delight factory should have received a temporary closure notice from HCC in delivering its service to the public until given further reopening notice.
However, the reopening notice will be given if HCC has done its inspection in the sense of sanitising the flow of machines and after having done the sample from laboratory in terms of food making.
And the outcome result will determine whether the business should continue providing service deliveries or not.
Titilu furthers that if HCC is to carry out its plan, Delight factory must comply with it because it is clearly stated in HCC’s regulation.
He said regarding the health and safety issues, HCC works in partnership with Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and Ministry of Labour to ensure big and small companies must comply with required national legal regulations which guide any working employees.
Delight Bakery could not give any comments yesterday when queried on the matter.