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SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION
Tel. 638-4473, 675-0255
Aranguez Main Road,
Safety and Health Officer (on Contract)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of safety and Health Officer.
The incumbent is responsible for providing Occupational Safety and Health Services to ensure com-
pliance with Occupational Safety Laws, Codes and Regulations:
1. Preparation of programmes, projects, plans and assessments, procedures and systems related
to compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Act 2004 as amended.
2. Undertake inspections of operational of operating systems and procedures and report accordingly.
3. Oversee compliance with arrangements to ensure that the best practices in Occupational
Safety and Health management are evidenced in the workplace.
4. Preparation of appropriate reports.
5. Other related duties as directed by your supervisor.
Minimum Qualification and Experience:
NEBOSH Diploma from a recognized Institution
At least two (2) years' experience in the field of Occupational Safety and Health
Any equivalent combination of experience and training in the field of safety and health will be
Interested persons should submit their applications together with Curriculum Vitae and copies of
certificates to the:
Chief Executive Officer
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation
Aranguez Main Road
Closing date for application: February 28th, 2014
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged
People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking
their exercise routines because as they age, stiffer
joints, slower recovery from injury and the loss of
lean body mass are among the perils facing the
youngest baby boomers, fitness experts say.
Studies have shown that even a 90-year-old can
build muscle, so the half-century mark is a good
time to retire joint-stressing high jumps and to start
lifting dumbbells to build strength.
Dr Wayne Westcott, co-author of the book Strength
Training Past 50, said maintaining lean body mass
becomes harder with ageing.
"The average man in
good shape is about 85
per cent lean weight,
organs, blood, bones,
muscles and skin, to 15
per cent fat. The aver-
age healthy woman has
a 75/25 ratio," said
research director at the
South Shore YMCA in
"It s more challeng-
ing with age but if you
do strength training you can maintain your lean
muscle to about age 70," he said, adding that an older
woman who does no resistance train will lose up to
ten pounds of lean mass per decade.
Westcott places equal value on cardiovascular train-
"We recommend approximately 20 to 30 minutes
of resistance exercises two to three times a week.
Then try to have an equal amount of aerobic activity
four to five days a week," he explained.
Westcott added that older adults, who are hitting
the gym in increasing numbers, might want to avoid
explosive, high velocity activities, such as high jumps.
In 1990 there were 1.9 million health club members
aged 55 and above, while in 2012 there were over ten
million, according to a 2014 report by the trade asso-
ciation IHRSA (International Health, Racquet &
Dr Barbara Bushman of the American College of
Sports Medicine said regular physical activity, rather
than a sedentary lifestyle, has the potential to minimise
the physiological changes that occur with age and
inactivity, in addition to limiting the progression of
"Older adults can benefit from exercise, and
although absolute improvements may be less than
for younger adults, relative increases can be similar,"
Bushman said, adding that older adults may take
longer to make improvements.
At 54, Florida-based fitness trainer and wellness
coach Shirley Archer noticed that if she did not
weight train she lost lean body muscle at a faster
rate. She also found it harder to get it back.
Happily for Archer, who has enjoyed running,
cycling and hiking, her endurance activities remain
unaffected by her ageing.
"I feel that I have not lost any endurance," said
Archer, author of the book Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exer-
cises for the Working Week.
As people age, she explained, they lose muscle
fibres that produce quick powerful bursts before
fibres that are engaged in endurance activities such
as running or cycling.
She said that is why older athletes, who cannot
physically compete against younger athletes when it
comes to strength and power, can remain competitive
in endurance sports.
Tweak exercise routine
to stay strong after 50
Retirees participate in a yoga class
in Sun City, Arizona, last month.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
"Older adults can
benefit from exercise,
and although absolute
improvements may be
less than for younger
increases can be
---Dr Barbara Bushman
of the American College
of Sports Medicine
The ageing exerciser also faces longer warm-up
and recovery times, as the body is stiffer and slower
to heal, Archer said. And the burning of fewer calories
means paying even more attention to diet.
Staying hydrated is also important.
"We need to be sure to hydrate even if we don t
feel particularly thirsty," she said. "Hydration will
keep all systems working much more efficiently---
and even help keep our thinking clear." (Reuters)
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