The Fish & Farming Regulation & Control Division (FFRC), gives Occupational Health and Safety paramount importance and appropriate awareness.
The main and core activity of the FFRC employees are mainly connected with the Civil Abattoir, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Branch, visits / inspections / approvals of farms and food related establishments, the operation of the Board Inspection Posts (B.I.P) and the running of the Animal Quarantine Section. Our employees are also involved in inspecting, vetting and diagnose (laboratory) food imports, food related products and animal by-products not intended for human consumption. The FFRC has also a pool of technical employees servicing and maintaining its in-house machinery and equipment. This, beside the continuous works being carried out by other third parties and sub-contractors on behalf of the FFRC, which also have to be monitored and inspected to comply with local occupational health and safety legislation, mainly Act 27 of 2000, Chapter 424, and other subsequent legal notices.
This spectrum of employment and activities, including office employees, brings with it a variety of trades and skills. Above all, it brings also with it a multitude of hazards and risks.
The FFRC strives to reduce all possible hazards and where possible eliminate all risks. Our main OH&S objective is to be complaint with all concerned local OH&S legislation, in particular the caring out and the ongoing updating of our occupational health and safety risk assessments in its various work-stations.
Amongst other regulatory work carried out by our occupational health and safety officer, the FFRC's OH&S inspector investigates employees’ complaints, accidents / incidents and near misses. This complaint form can be downloaded and also used for OH&S suggestions. All complaints, even anonymous complaints, are looked into, and remedial action taken when justifiable and appropriate. Routine and random inspections are also done at all our out posts work-stations.
Other related FFRC Occupational Health and Safety matters:
Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E)
Every worker employed with the FFRC is provided adequate personal protective quipment according to the nature of the work being carried out.
Third parties and sub-contractors entering FFRC premises are also monitored and inspected for compliance. Practical guidance is also given where necessary.
Adequate OH&S signs are fixed at strategic places within FFRC premises.
Occupational Health and Safety Representatives
The FFRC, as per Legal Notice 36 of 2003, has five OH&S representatives spread among the main activities of the FFRC.
The Civil Abattoir, as the most high-risk workstation within the FFRC, boosts a very well equipped First Aid room. Certain employees hold also an accredited certificate in basic first aid practice. Other outposts are also provided with a First Aid Kits and a basic instructions poster.
Any queries or request for information relating to Occupational Health and Safety within the FFRC or the contents above must be addressed to Email or 25905343
Unless otherwise stated, no documents or part of documents can be copied or reproduced / printed without the prior written permission of the Director (Operations & Administration) – Mr Paul Fenech Gonzi (FFRC) or Joseph Gili – OH&S Inspector.