Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 9th 2013 Contents B14
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• An employer may require an employee or a person
seeking employment to undergo a medical exami-
nation to determine fitness for work.
• The cost of such an examination is to be paid
by the employer.
Notification of Occupational Disease
• When advised that an employee is suffering from
an occupational disease as listed in schedule 1 of the
OSH Act. The employer must give notice in writing
to the chief inspector within four days.
An Occupier must ensure the following:
• Maintain a register of young persons that includes
the names, dates of employment, particulars as to
the certificate of fitness and the nature of work that
the young person is required to undertake.
• Ensure that young persons do not operate dan-
gerous machinery unless provided with adequate
training and supervision.
• Ensure that a confined space is entered only
where there is easy egress from all accessible parts
in that confined space, all mechanical equipment is
disconnected from its power source and locked out,
all pipes and other supply lines likely to create a
hazard are blanked off; and the confined space is
tested and evaluated by a competent person.
• In any confined space in which there exists, or
is likely to exist a hazardous gas, vapour, dust or
fume, or an oxygen content less than eighteen percent
or more than twenty-three percent arrangements
are made to ensure that another worker with appro-
priate rescue equipment is stationed outside the con-
fined space and suitable arrangements have been
made to remove the worker from the confined space
in an emergency.
Such a confined space must also be purged and
ventilated and in the event that this is not possible
then suitable breathing apparatus must be used by
the employee entering the confined space.
Safeguarding of Machinery
• All transmission machinery must be securely
• Other dangerous parts of machines must be
securely fenced or provided with a device that auto-
matically protects the operator from coming into
contact with that part.
Removal of dust and fumes
• Where dust or fumes are produced measures
must be taken to protect employees from inhalation.
• Where possible exhaust appliances must be pro-
vided as close to the point of origin of the dust or
fume as possible.
• Ensure adequate ventilation by fresh air in Indus-
trial Establishments not ventilated by a functioning
• Set up an emergency plan in writing based on
the risk assessment that was done
• Provide adequate first-aid facilities.
• Ensure certification of establishment by the Fire
Authority as prescribed in section 26(2) of the Act.
• Ensure the Industrial establishment is maintained
in a clean state
• Ensure the provision of lighting that is
suitable and sufficient in areas where
employees are working or passing
• Provision and maintenance of sufficient
supply of drinking water, washing facilities,
sanitary conveniences, restroom, lunch
rooms and accommodation for clothing.
• Ensure that Industrial Establishment
is not overcrowded as to cause risk of injury
• For employees at factories 111⁄2 cubic
metres of space to be provided per person
in accordance with s .35(2) of the Act.
Construction and Maintenance of Fenc-
• Ensure that all fencing or other safe-
guards are of sound construction and con-
stantly maintained and kept in position
when the parts required to be fenced are in
What you should know:
• Your safety, health and welfare at work
are protected by law.
• Your employer has a duty to protect you
and keep you informed about safety and
• You have a responsibility to look after
yourself and others
• If there is a problem, discuss it with
your employer, safety and health committee
or safety representative, if there is one.
• Safety and Health Inspectors can give
advice on how to comply with the law. They
also have powers to enforce it.
• Your employer has a duty under the law
to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable,
your safety, health and welfare at work.
Responsibility of the occupier
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