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Wood Workers (Protection)

Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 5 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far there is a statutory obligation on the part of the employers in the wood-working industry in Jamaica to provide the workers with protection, by means of goggles and respirators, from dust and shavings thrown round by the operation of the machines.

The law requires that all practicable measures shall be taken to protect persons employed in factories against inhalation of dust or other impurities and to prevent such impurities accumulating in any workroom. In applying this regulation, factory inspectors require provision of respirators for workers in the woodworking industry who are exposed to the risk of inhaling dust or shavings. The provision of goggles is recommended in certain circumstances but is not enforceable by law.