COVID SBO training concludes for tourism business auditors
Workplace health and safety is paramount during the COVID pandemic.
Whilst Vanuatu has been relatively lucky to only have 3 COVID cases at the border, which have been well-managed by the Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Health and Border Control, ongoing vigilance and attention to workplace health and safety remains important to us all.
As the Vanuatu Government continues to roll out business training in the COVID Safe Business Operations (SBO) Guidelines, the Department of Tourism has been preparing its support to ensure tourism businesses comply with the required workplace health and safety standards during a pandemic.
Working closely with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, which is financed by the Government of Australia, on Thursday 18 March, COVID SBO Audit training was provided to 9 Department of Tourism-endorsed auditors.
Designed to link with the tourism permit process for businesses, COVID SBO inspections will enable compliant businesses to receive tourism industry accreditation as “clean, caring and checked”.
This industry accreditation directly links with the national COVID preparedness standards set by Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health and prepares tourism businesses for the eventual easing of border restrictions in allowing the return of international visitors.
The Department of Tourism is committed to delivering COVID SBO awareness to help tourism industry operators be workplace and workforce ready in this Pandemic, to give confidence to the market, and ensure employers & employees operate in a safe work environment.