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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...
Government and the Social Partnership have signed the six-point Declaration of Mission Barbados, with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley urging the labour force to help meet the objectives by 2030. During the Barbados Workers’ Union May Day celebrations at the National Botanical Gardens, Waterford, yesterday, Ms. Mottley outlined the six goals to be achieved during the seven-year exercise. The document was...
Message by the Hon. Colin E. Jordan, M.P. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector May Day, 2023   Today, on May 1, 2023 we join with millions around the world to observe International Workers’ Day, also referred to as Labour Day or May Day.  It is a day on which trade unions celebrate all workers and their contribution by holding...
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The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector will host a seminar next month to discuss the contents of the Employment Rights Act 2012-9. The seminar, which takes place on Tuesday, March 7, in the Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It is in keeping with the Labour Department’s continuing...
World Day of Social Justice was first observed globally in 2009, following a declaration at the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly that the Day be observed annually on February 20th. The recommendations of the Common Agenda of the United Nations are to strengthen global solidarity and to rebuild trust in government by “Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities...
It is a move likely to be applauded by some and questioned by others - Government enlisting the help of faith-based organisations to play a meaningful role in national development. The initial intervention in this proposed partnership is to be with the nation’s children. Minister of Social Relations and the Third Sector Colin Jordan who chaired the discussions has pointed to...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is advising all employers, employees and their representatives that amendments have recently been made to the Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act and, for the first time, Regulations have now been included in the Act. Eight Regulations were recently published in the Official Gazette VOL. CLVII No. 76, on July 8, 2022. These...
A risk-based approach to managing the impact of health and safety hazards allows employers to be more responsive and adopt measures that provide adequate protection for their staff. Under Section 6 (2) of the Safety and Health at Work Act, employers are required to conduct assessments of the risks that may occur as a result of the activities in...