May 29, 2024
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May Day, also referred to as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day, is celebrated on May 1st in Barbados and many countries around the world.  In recognition of their historical roots in the struggle for the eight-hour workday, equitable pay, secure working conditions, and workers’ rights, workers and the labour movement are celebrated on this day for their efforts. “It’s...
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated every year on April 28. This year the focus is on the impacts of  climate change on occupational safety and health.
Message by the Hon. Colin E. Jordan, M.P. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector World Day of Social Justice, 2024   February 20 is observed as World Day of Social Justice.  On this day we raise voices awareness of the fight against inequality, prejudice and any other unfair treatment.  Along with highlighting global social injustice, it recognizes the urgent need...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is reminding registered charities and non-profit organisations that they are required by law to file a financial report every year. Registered charities must submit an annual statement of accounts to the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office, while registered, non-profit organisations are required to file annual returns and audited financial statements...
MINISTRY & STARTWISE COLLABORATING ON WORKSHOP FOR REMOTE JOB OPPORTUNITIES As part of a recruitment drive to provide opportunities for Barbadians to work remotely, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector will host a workshop next week. It will be held on Tuesday December 5, at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens St. Michael, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A collaborative...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is advising all employers, employees and their representatives that amendments have been made to the Safety and Health at Work (Workstation) Regulations, 2022. The Safety and Health at Work (Workstation) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 were recently published in the Official Gazette VOL. CLVIII No. 88, on August 28, 2023. The Safety and Health at Work...
Message from Minister of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector, Colin E. Jordan, M.P., for World Day Against Child Labour – 12th June, 2023. Theme – “Social Justice for All. End Child Labour”. Today, Barbados stands in solidarity with all right-thinking people across the globe to observe World Day Against Child Labour. The elimination of child labour is a commitment made...

OSH Week 2023

The Labour Department, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector, will host Occupational Safety and Health Week 2023 from June 25 - 30, 2023.  A series of free seminars will be held at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church under the theme “Safety and Health - A Fundamental Principle and Right at Work”. Pre-registration for the seminars...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is advising all employers, employees, and their representatives that two new Regulations and an Order to the Safety and Health at Work Act (SHAW Act) have now been made. The Safety and Health at Work (Refusal of Dangerous Tasks) Regulations, 2023; Safety and Health at Work (Forms) Regulations, 2023, and the...
WHAT IS ERGONOMICS? Ergonomics is a discipline aimed at maximizing workers’ safety and comfort by matching the requirements of their work and workplace to their capabilities. The word ergonomics is derived from the Greek language and when translated literally the term means the study-measurement-organisation of work. Ergonomics is an interdisciplinary science calling on knowledge and techniques from a wide...