1. Registration of Factories
To register a factory, owner or manager must first download the Application Form for Factory Registration along with schedule for scale of fees from the Occupational Safety and Health download page under the resource center menu. Secondly, complete the form and pay the prescribed fee at the nearest Tax Administration of Jamaica Collectorate or online using the Tax Administration of Jamaica’s website. The instructions for making an online payment can be downloaded from the resource center. Finally, submit the completed form and receipt of payment to the OSHD at 1F North Street, Kingston by post, fax or email.
Thereafter, an unannounced inspection will be conducted of the factory. Safety, health and welfare conditions are assessed for compliance with the Factories Act & Regulations. A Certificate of Registration is issued if the findings of the safety & health Inspection reveal that there is no imminent risk of bodily injury from the plant or process. The Certificate is valid for three (3) years.
2. Investigation of industrial accidents
Where an industrial accident occurs, the OSHD must be immediately notified. An Inspector then visits the workplace and conducts an accident investigation, after which the recommendations for corrective action is communicated to the Owner/Manager.
3. Approval of factory building plans
Building plans for the construction or alteration of factories must be submitted to the OSHD for approval, before submission to the relevant Municipal Corporation. A completed Building Plan Approval Form and at least three (3) copies of such plans must be submitted to the Regional Offices or North Street Head Office for review. If any amendments are required, the applicant will be informed. On approval, the plans will be stamped and signed approved and at least two (2) copies will be returned to the applicant.