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Industrial Safety / Occupational Health & Safety Division

The Industrial Safety Section commonly referred to as the Occupational Safety and Health Deapartment, is the department with responsibility to monitor and enforce the requirements of the Factories Act and its accompanying Regulations, for occupational safety and health in Jamaica.

The main Act is entitled the Factories Act and its accompanying regulations are:

  1. The Factories Regulations 1961
  2. The Building Operations and Works of Engineering Construction 1968
  3. The Ship and Docks Regulations 1968

The Act and its associated Regulations covers industrial type establishments and activities in its application. On April 4, 2017, the Ministry has been succesful in tabling the new safety and health legislation entitled the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2017 . This Act will be more far reaching in its jurisdiction than the present Act by covering all areas of economic activity on enactement. 

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