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  • “The decent work Agenda promoted by the International Labor Organization endorses OSHA as a primary instrument for workplaces which are conducive to safety, health, wellness and productivity...
  • She commended those employers who have promoted a health and wellness policy in the workplace.
  • The Minister pointed to several initiatives the Ministry is pushing to realise this, particularly the labour market reform.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is expected to be enacted this fiscal year.

This was noted by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) Business and Workplace Convention, in Montego Bay, on May 26.

“The decent work Agenda promoted by the International Labor Organization endorses OSHA as a primary instrument for workplaces which are conducive to safety, health, wellness and productivity. It is with this in mind that this administration, during this financial year, will enact the long awaited Act,” she said.

Mrs. Robinson said in preparation for OSHA, the Ministry will continue its sensitisation sessions and consultations with businesses in the private and public sectors.

She  commended those employers who have promoted a health and wellness policy in the workplace.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson said  the theme for this year’s convention: ‘Empower People…Energise Business’, “is an urgent imperative to once again make Jamaica the  pearl of the Caribbean”. She urged employers to play a pivotal role in making this a reality.

The Minister  pointed to several initiatives the  Ministry is pushing to realise this, particularly  the labour market reform.

“The reform will play a seminal role in charting the strategies we employ to enhance productivity, capacity building, technology and innovation and social protection, which is very integral to the lives of our workers and their families,” she said.

She added that the reform will be achieved through a regulatory framework guided by policies and consensus emanating from the tripartite (Government, Employers and Employees) approach entrenched in the structure of the Labour Market Reform Commission.