As we move into 2014 it is the time to unfold new horizons, new dreams, rediscover the strength and faith within ourselves, to rejoice in simple pleasures and gear up for the new challenges that are sure to present themselves. The production team reaffirms our commitment to you our stakeholders who have come to expect a publication of exceptional standards. Issue 24, the first issue of 2014 explores the sensitive topic of Land Pollution.
Encyclopaedia Britannica describes Land Pollution as “the deposition of solid or liquid waste materials on land or underground in a manner that can contaminate the soil and groundwater, threaten public health, and cause unsightly conditions and nuisances”. Land Pollution, has some of the most devastating effects on both nature and living beings.
Presently in Trinidad and Tobago the people of La Brea village are grappling with the harsh reality of one of the worst types of land pollution, ‘oil pollution’. Oil spills has a major impact on the ecosystem into which it is released and though the full extent of this release is still not known, we can hope that no effort is spared to reduce the impact on the environment.
As usual you will find well researched articles on the topic under discussion. I draw your attention to the feature article by Kelli Danglad titled “Recycling of Contaminated Land,” which examines measures that can be used to remediate and restore polluted land. Cherma St Clair, our health in context writer provides useful information for storage and disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medication. Our featured HSE Professional is Mr Benjamin de la Rosa who has made a sterling contribution to HSE in the region.
According to the Caribbean Associations of Roads, there have been significant reductions in fatalities across the region. We however have a long way to go because the loss of one life is still too many. This year we will increase our road safety efforts by featuring articles, road safety tips and working with stakeholders from around the region.
On behalf of the production team I thank you for your continued support and again wish you a safe and productive 2014.
Ms Smith is the Administrative Director of Jaric Group of companies and Editor-in-Chief of the HSE Quarterly. An Environmental consultant and experienced Safety, Tourism and Green Globe auditor with over 8 years of extensive experience in the implementation of standards, auditing and training.
Janice is the holder of a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, is a Stat-a-Matrix Certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Lead Auditor, an internationally registered RABQSA Registered ISO 14001 EMS Auditor -E052836, a Green Globe 21 Assessor - 275 and a Hospitality Assured Auditor.
Extensive experience has been gained by reviewing and auditing systems in the oil and gas, machine shop operations, engineering design, janitorial, construction, service, and tourism sectors.
One for detail Janice brings to the magazine her administrative skills and the keen eyes of an experienced auditor.
Dr. Anthony J. Joseph was born in Baratria and spent his formative years attending Barataria Boys' RC and St. Georges College in addition to partaking in several groups and sporting activities. He completed tertiary education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) earning a B.Sc. in Environmental Physics, Physics and Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 1985. He also pursued a M.Sc. in Environmental Pollution Control at the University of Leeds in 1979; and a M.S. in Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Dr. Joseph has provided technical support and advice on issues related to environmental, occupational safety and health, emergency and disaster management to governments and businesses both nationally and internationally such as Grenada, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India, for over twenty-five years. He has served on Committees, Delegations and Boards for National, State and Local bodies. Dr. Joseph has spent the past thirty years providing academic leadership, insights and mentorship to students, Tertiary Educational Institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations, and achieved professorship in 2001.
He is an acclaimed author of over fifty publications including textbooks, book chapters, technical reports and peered reviewed several articles. Dr. Joseph has been a member and chaired several committees and professional organizations, such Critical Infrastructure Protection, USA; Safe Community, Canada; Fellow - National Safety Council, and Member - Association of Professional Engineers of TT.
Promoting injuries and illnesses prevention and protecting the environment is his professional and personal focus, which started in 1981 when he pioneered the formation of the National Safety Council of Trinidad and Tobago and subsequently developed university programs in Environmental, Safety and Health at UWI Trinidad, Pennsylvania USA, Connecticut USA, and UTT Trinidad.
Ms. Kandiss Edwards is passionate about Spanish. As a result, she has spent almost half of her life studying the language. This passion has resulted in her attaining a BA Degree in Spanish with Lingustics from the University of West Indies. As a secondary school teacher, on a daily basis she shares her passion with students and hopes that they would embrace the language just as she did.
Ms. Edwards has a deep interest in Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental issues. Knowing that man is limited in their capacity to care for the environment even being unable to address or even remedy all environmental issues, she applauds the work of those who seek to protect the environment.
Serving as an editor for the HSE Quarterly has certainly satisfied her hunger in the search for knowledge in environmental, occupational safety and health, not just in Trinidad and Tobago, but the Caribbean and by extension the wider world.