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SHaW now law

The Safety and Health at Work Act, 2005 has been proclaimed and came into effect yesterday, January 1.

The SHaW Act has replaced the Factories Act; however, many of the rights and responsibilities of the Factories Act have been retained.

The most critical difference between the two pieces of legislation is that the SHaW Act applies to all workplaces in Barbados except the military, armed forces, domestic service in private households and some aspects of work done on board ships. The Factories Act applied only to industrial concerns.

Persons seeking information on the SHaW Act should contact the Labour Department at 310-1500, or visit the Ministry of Labour’s website at

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