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Occupational Safety And Health Act 2004

The Occupational Safety and Health Act was assented to on the 30th January 2004. It was then published in the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette Volume 43 Number 20 on the 5th February 2004. The Factories Ordinance of 1948 was still law at this point in time. The Note on Proclamation (LN48/2006) stated that the Act was brought into force on the 17th day of February 2006 with the exception of section 98. Section 98(1) states-

  1. The following Laws are hereby repealed:
    1.         The Factories Ordinance;
    2.         The Employment of Women (Night Work) Act; and
    3.         The Gas Cylinders (Use, Conveyance and Storage) Act.
     
  2. Notwithstanding subsection (1), any regulations, Orders or other statutory instruments made under the Factories Ordinance shall continue in  force and are deemed to be made under sections 99 and 100.
In 2006 several changes were made to the Act and the amended version was referred to as the Occupational Safety and Health Act No. 3 of 2006.

During the period 17th February 2006 and 16th August 2007 the Factories Ordinance and all other Regulations, Orders and Statutory Instruments were still in force. On 17th day of August 2007 when Section 98 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act was brought into force the Factories Ordinance, Employment of Women and Gas Cylinders Use Act were repealed. The Orders and Regulations made under the Factories Ordinance are still law and are still enforceable. These are:
Section 99 and 100 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2004 with amendments allows the Minister to make other Orders, regulations or Statutory Instruments as they may deem fit.

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