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News - Zero in on Safety- Count down to the proclamation of the SHaW Act on or before January 1, 2013
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Labour News.

Zero in on Safety- Count down to the proclamation of the SHaW Act on or before January 1, 2013

Safety Organisation and Management Tips

  • Each organisation with more than 25 employees MUST have a Health and Safety Committee with an equal number of employers’ and employees’ representatives.
  • Any workplace with less than 25 employees MUST have one or more Safety Delegates.
  • The Health and Safety Committee MUST meet at least once each quarter and accurate minutes MUST be made available to staff and for inspection by the Labour Department.
  • On notification that a female employee is pregnant and upon her return to work after the birth of the child, a risk assessment of the employee’s working conditions must be conducted and the conditions adapted, if necessary and possible, to ensure the well-being of the mother and child. If possible, where the working conditions cannot be adapted, suitable alternative work must be assigned to the employee during her pregnancy and on her return to work for a period of up to six (6) months after child birth.
  • It is the employer’s duty to provide suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees who must be trained in the use and maintenance of such equipment.
  • It is the employee’s duty to correctly use any personal protective clothing or devices which are provided for his use. Failure to do this can result in a fine of $500 or imprisonment for one month or both.
  • Every occupier must prepare and review, as necessary, a general policy statement which asserts their commitment to maintaining safety, health and welfare in that workplace. The policy must identify the safety and health responsibilities of each person in the organisation. It must also highlight the specific arrangements for aspects of safety such as fire safety, first aid, accident reporting and the dissemination of information to employees.
  • Before being put into use in a workplace, suitable and sufficient risk assessments of all plants, equipment, processes and practices are to be conducted and documented by the occupier, along with the steps taken to eliminate or reduce the risks to safety and health. The assessment is to be reviewed where there is a change in the work or circumstances under which the work is being done.



For more information visit the Ministry of Labour’s website at http: or contact the Labour Department at 310-1524.

Published: Friday, 16th November, 2012


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