Environmental Health Department Hosts First Mold Moisture and Remediation Workshops

The Environmental Health Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Service has hosted two, one day ‘Mold, Moisture and Remediation Workshops’ on the Islands of Providenciales and Grand Turk on February 13-14, 2018.

The workshop was geared towards staff within the Department of Public Works, Estate Management, Environmental Health Department in addition to other Health and non-health officials. 

The facilitators for the events were Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) consultants Dr. Stephane Perron M.D. who is a physician specializing in public health and preventive medicine, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Montreal.

He is the chief medical officer for the Urban Environment and Healthy Lifestyle division of Montreal’s public health department. He also does clinical work at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic located in the University of Montreal's Hospital Center; and Ms. Mireille Carpentier - Occupational Hygienist.

During the workshop, facilitators discussed topics such as:

  • Health Effects and Mold
  • Investigation of the health effects of Mold exposure in the Home and Workplace
  • Moisture in buildings: how moisture gets into buildings, the relationship between air, moisture, temperature, and water.
  • Mold investigation methods
  • Mold sampling techniques
  • Mold Remediation: Health and Safety plan, respiratory protection

Attendants also had the opportunity to participate in conducting mold assessments in some of the buildings within the Turks and Caicos. The first of the two one day sessions took place in Providenciales on February 13, 2018.

The Environmental Health Department wishes to thank the PAHO Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Office for facilitating this timely consultancy in order to help build local capacity in order to respond to mold in the wake of the 2017 hurricanes which impacted the TCI.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 338-2143 on Providenciales or 338-2144 on Grand Turk.

 

 

General Notice Regarding "No PO, No Payment"

NOTICE

Kindly note Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) would like to remind the general public that all financial commitments for goods and services, procured by TCIG, must be made using a TCIG purchase order. This action is to assist with increasing the efficiency in the procurement of services/goods and payment of invoices across TCIG.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) will therefore be enforcing its “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy. As a consequence, all suppliers of goods and services to the TCIG must not, under any circumstances, accept verbal or written order(s) from anyone of whatever designation on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government unless a signed copy of a valid TCIG Purchase Order is given.

Transactions outside of this process will not be recognized/processed.

Additionally, as a part of the “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy the supplier/vendor must reference the valid PO number on the invoice, otherwise the invoice will be returned to the vendor for completion.

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Youth Department Host Business Presentation Workshop

The Ministry of Education through the Department of Youth Affairs will be hosting its first Business Presentation Workshop for youths in the community of Grand Turk, taking place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:00am to 11:00am in the H J Robinson Auditorium.

The presenter for this collaborative effort by the Youth Department and the community, is Mr. Kerwin Boxill.  Mr. Boxill, highly motivated and skilled in business and mentoring, author of “Recruit Retain and Retire” and “Personality over Price”, will be sharing his three (3) crucial strategies in business.  These strategies will help:

  • Strengthen social skills;
  • Promote personal development;
  • Facilitate and strengthen life skills, such as learning to work towards collective goals; and
  • Encourage positive social interaction

The workshop emphasizes to the youth the importance of learning effective ways to succeed in the business environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands and worldwide.  The Youth Department mission is to engage, inspire, and celebrate youth through programs to successfully engage them in meaningful ways.  We pride ourselves on the ability to recognize an issue and engage youth in the solution.

The Workshop Objectives are to:

  • Learn and understand interaction and representation
  • Become one with business
  • Engage in Attraction Marketing
  • Have clients begging for your service or product
  • Increase loyal clients for life.

This is an excellent opportunity for the youths of Grand Turk, driven by the desire to help develop a foundation of skills for building a more well-rounded and resilient cadre of Youth in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

 

 

Public Advisory from the Department of Registration and Citizenship

The Department of Registration and Citizenship in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises that persons currently awaiting the receipt of a first time or renewal of a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) - Turks and Caicos Islands Passport should contact the Passport Office in Grand Turk, to verify and or update their contact details, in the event further information or supporting documents are required and for the purpose of notification on the arrival of their passports.

 

In recent months, the department has experienced higher than usual failed attempts to reach customers on the numbers provided on the submitted applications, which results in undue delays in the processing of applications and/or the collections of passport books.

 

The Passport Office can be reached on (649) 232-7533 during the working hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays. The Passport Office is closed on weekends and public holidays.

Update on Restoration of Government Services Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

 

 

Following on from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, government services have resumed across all sectors, but it is important for the general public and our clients to be aware that there remain challenges in a number of key areas which currently impact service delivery.

 

The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay which account for 54% of government staff, suffered significant damage to government infrastructure during the last hurricane season.  This is in addition to damage to schools which accounted for the majority of loss.

 

As of today there remain a significant number of displaced departments which are currently being housed within other departments whilst they await repairs to government infrastructure.  This includes critical departments such as the Information Technology, Customs, Planning, Land Registry, Public Works, Land Survey, Internal Audit and other departments on the island of Grand Turk.  Following on from the Hurricanes the Ministry of Infrastructure conducted damage assessments and costing on all government buildings. 

 

In the area of communication, we have noted a marked improvement in communication services on the island of Grand Turk which should result in the full functionality of department phones.  To this end persons can now once again reach departments through the switchboard numbers 946-2801 and 338-2801, while a full listing of government direct extensions is also posted on the governments website for easy reference.  Kindly note that the departments telephone lines operate on a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which relies on the stability of the network itself.

 

Revenue and Expenditure systems have suffered a number of challenges during recent months due to internet and communication instability, but with recent improvements by telecommunication providers this should shortly be resolved.

 

We take the opportunity to thank our clients for their patience during this period and do hope that we can work to expeditiously resolve all remaining concerns.

 

Please see below an updated listing of the affected departments new operating locations:

·         Customs Department - Treasury Department, Front Street

·         Central Information Technology Unit - Treasury Department, Front Street

·         Public Works Department - Former Chief Minister's Office, Government Compound, Pond Street

·         Planning Department - Former Chief Minister's Office, Government Compound, Pond Street

·         Water Undertaking Department - Former Chief Minister's Office, Government Compound, Pond Street

·         Land Registry Department - Attorney General's Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport Road

·         Valuation Department - Attorney General's Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport Road

·         Survey and Mapping Department - Attorney General's Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport Road

·         Crown Land Unit - Attorney General's Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport Road

·         Elections Department - Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South Base

·         Internal Audit Department - Audit Department, Tony Clarke Office Complex

·         Road Safety Department - Printing Department, Ruthann Lightbourne Plaza 

·         Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports - Franklyn Misick Building, Church Folly

 

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