Tripartite stakeholder consultation

Trinidad & Tobago OSH Act, Chater 88:88

04 May 2017

The Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Authority and Agency, hosted a tripartite stakeholder consultation on the Trinidad & Tobago Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 88:08, at the Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on 21-22 March 2017.

The IOSH Caribbean Branch was invited to participate in this exercise as a recognised stakeholder for the development and promotion of Health and Safety. Mr. Curt Cadet, Chair, represented the Caribbean Branch at the consultation.

The specific objectives of the consultation were to discuss principles and policies that ought to be considered in the development and amendment of the legislation.

There were 14 focus areas identified for discussion:

  1. Updating of definitions
  2. Amending subsidiary legislation
  3. Structure of the OSH Agency and Authority
  4. Review of powers of inspectors
  5. Certificates required
  6. Updating the list of occupational diseases
  7. Updating of forms
  8. Medical Inspectors
  9. Notification and investigation of accidents and occupational diseases
  10. Prosecution of occupational safety and health offences
  11. Notices issued under Section 74
  12. Review and updating of fines
  13. Limitation periods of enforcement proceedings
  14. Consideration for the inclusion of workplace related stress within the list of occupational diseases

Notable recommendations for improvement that were made by Mr. Curt Cadet on behalf of the CB were:

  • Internship for OSH Inspectors;
  • The Ministry of Labour to consider establishing a mechanism for an OSH advisory body;
  • Fix/operationalize the existing legislation;
  • Revocation of archaic regulations, bringing modern regulations into practice.

In addition, the branch submitted written recommendations for the improvement and interpretation of the legislation and has embarked on an exercise to further critically examine the legislation to provide a more thorough opinion.