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Labour Seminars

 

Please be informed that the Labour Department in continuing its outreach programme will be hosting Labour Seminars to discuss ‘Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice’ on March 24th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael.

 

 

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Published: Wednesday, 28th January, 2015


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

 

Occupational Noise


Exposure to excessive noise levels can over time cause hearing loss. Initially the hearing loss is reversible, referred to as temporary threshold shift (TTS). Continued exposure to excessive noise levels can result in permanent hearing loss known as permanent threshold shift (PTS).Scientific evidence indicates that prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 dBA will cause hearing loss.

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Published: Monday, 26th November, 2012


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.
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Published: Friday, 16th November, 2012


NEB Finally has a Home

 

After occupying the NIS Building on Fairchild Street for years, and “squatting” in the Labour Department in recent months, the National Employment Bureau (NEB) finally has a space to call home.

The new NEB headquarters is located on the 1st Floor, East Wing, of the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.

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Published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012


Students Encouraged To Go Further In Agriculture

 

Students who recently achieved the island’s first National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in Amenity Horticulture have been encouraged to take it to the next level.

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, urged the students to pursue the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Amenity Horticulture Level 2, so that their scope for employment could be extended to the Caribbean and not limited only to Barbados.

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Published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012


United States To Be Asked To Consider Alternative Travel for Bajan H2b Workers

 

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has urged the United States Government to consider alternative ways for Barbadian workers to be flown to America under the H2B Hotel Programme.

 

The Labour Minister made this appeal as she met with US Ambassador to Barbados, Larry Palmer, during a courtesy call at her Ministry’s headquarters in the Warrens Office Complex.

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Published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012


Personal Protective Equipment A Requirement Under Shaw ACT: Employers & Employees could be charged for failing to comply with SHaW

 

In Barbados some agricultural workers habitually wear inappropriate “protective” gear while working with chemicals.

This practice is so commonplace that most Barbadians may easily recall seeing persons wearing scarves around their nose and mouth while spraying crops.  Many nationals can also attest to having seen some agricultural workers on the job without shirts, and even a few of them in the field wearing slippers on instead of boots.

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Published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012


Labour Department Urges Use Of Material Safety Data Sheets

 

With the increasing use of chemicals in the agricultural industry, the Labour Department is calling on players in that sector to fully utilise Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Safety and Health Officer, Kerryann Branford noted that chemicals were found in fertilizers, pesticides, animal medications, cleaning agents and numerous other substances.  In a paper entitled Maintaining Health and Safety in the Use of Agrochemicals she stated: “The most effective method of ensuring that chemicals are used in the safest manner possible is by reviewing the Material Safety Data Sheets which accompany all chemicals.”

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Published: Monday, 15th October, 2012


Chance to win cash with Labour Department

 

Barbadians are being invited to create a visually appealing and impactful design that can effectively demonstrate the importance of occupational safety and healthThe Labour Department is staging Poster and Logo competitions to encourage persons from all walks of life to familiarise themselves with the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, which is to be proclaimed on or before January 1, 2013.  These are part of the outreach initiatives of the on-going Zero in to Safety – 100 Days to SHaW campaign.

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Published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012


Barbados To 'A' Game to Brazil

 

Akeila Chapman will be taking her ‘A’ game to Brazil when she goes to that country in November to compete in the hairstyling category of Worldskills Americas 2012.

Expecting to face stiff competition from her Latin American counterparts, Akeila boldly proclaimed that she will be using this experience as a learning tool and a platform for which she can put the Barbadian cosmetology industry on the world map.

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Published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012


Accidents At Work Must Be Reported To Labour Department

 

Accidents which occur at work and result in an employee being injured or unable to perform his or her duties for more than three days must be reported to the Labour Department.

 

And, according to the Accidents and Occupational Diseases (Notification Act) 1951, such incidents should be reported as soon as possible, but no later than seven days after the event.

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Published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012


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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market

 

ANNUAL 2014

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Male

female

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Total

Adult Population (000’s) 106.3 116.4 222.7
Labour Force (000’s) 72.0 70.3 142.3
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 63.5 61.3 124.8
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 67.7 60.4 63.9
General Unemployment Rate (%) 11.8 12.8 12.3
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 28.9 39.2 33.7

 

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