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Labour ministry inspects city construction sites

Yesterday, officers from the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department inspected multiple construction sites along Oronoque, Robb, and Charlotte streets in Georgetown.

A release from the ministry said that the activities are part of continuous workplace inspections being conducted in the construction, restaurant, and business services sectors countryside.

The team, which comprised Delcina Small and Ray Hosannah, checked to ensure that fire safety mechanisms, hygienic restroom facilities, and other occupational health and safety practices were implemented.

Following the evaluation, the release said that safety talks were done with construction employees on proper OSH protocols concerning workplace hazards, accident prevention and reporting of accidents and fall protection, provided with a list of recommendations to create safe and healthy work environments, and given one month to correct the breaches made under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:06.

The release pointed out that the powers of the OSH officers enable them to “enter, inspect, and examine any Industrial Establishment and every part thereof at any hour of the day or night”.

During the Inspection by the OSH Officer, the following documents will be requested.

1. Accident Register

2. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy

– To be posted in a conspicuous place in the workplace

3. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Chapter 99:06

– To be posted in a conspicuous place in the workplace

4. HIV/AIDS Policy

– Required for Industrial Establishments with over five employees (all businesses in Guyana)

5. OSH Registration

– First Registration (1000), Renewal (500) Yearly

During the inspection by the OSH officer, the following would be inspected:

6. First Aid Kit- Adequate supplies

– Note: No tablets should be a part of the kit.

7. Fire Extinguishers

– To be mounted and serviced yearly.

8. Potable Drinking Water- to be provided.


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Iris Invests in Biomel, Maker of Plant-based Drinks Promoting Gut Health

LONDON — The wellness category is wooing consumers and investors alike, and Iris Ventures is the latest fund to put its money behind products aimed at enhancing the mind and body.

Iris, a growth equity fund targeting European and U.S. purpose-led, consumer-centric brands and tech-enabled solutions, has invested 5.5 million pounds in Biomel, a market-leading, plant-based gut health brand.

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Biomel, founded in 2017 by husband-and-wife team Steven Hegarty and Janett Lozano, produces a range of drinks, snack bars and powders at its innovation and manufacturing facility in west London.

Iris described the investment as strategic, and said it will position Biomel for an “unprecedented scale-up,” and help the company pursue its mission of making “good gut health delicious.”

The investor argued that Biomel created the plant-based gut health market with its series of dairy-free, cultured drinks with rich flavors including Belgian chocolate, vanilla and coconut. The formulas are meant to aid digestive and immune health.

According to Iris, Biomel’s operating profitability has been positive since the company’s second year in business, while organic revenue growth has been averaging more than 80 percent per year.

Iris added that Biomel has been expanding capacity at its west London innovation and production facility to meet soaring demand.

The brand sells through retailers in the U.K. including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market. It has also been growing the distribution network through independent retailer chains and in international markets.

Montse Suarez, founder and managing partner of Iris Ventures, said the decision to back Biomel’s founders “aligns perfectly with our mandate to empower a new generation of extraordinary visionaries.”

She described Hegarty and Lozano as “clear trailblazers in the plant-based gut health category,” and said they have “a refreshing and contemporary brand proposition that

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