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What is PATH?

Path Is The Acronym For The Programme Of Advancement Through Health And Education. It Is A Programme Of The Government Of Jamaica Which Is Administered By The Ministry Of Labour And Social Security. Path Replaces Three (3) Social Assistance Programmes:

  • The Old Age And Incapacity Programme
  • The Food Stamp Programme
  • The Outdoor Poor Relief Programme.

What does PATH do?

PATH provides cash grants for the poorest in the society, who do not have the means to support themselves.

I am not a Manufacturer so why my establishment is considered a factory?

There is a general misconception that only entities that do manufacturing are considered to be factories. In addition to manufacturers many other entities fall under the Factories Act. These include motor vehicle repair services or servicing, metal fabrication, woodwork, laundry, dry cleaning establishments, cold storage installations, etc. Also, the engagement of ten or more workers in manual labour such as data entry, hand picking of coffee, banana-packing house, washing and sorting of bottles etc. are considered a factory. An initial safety and health inspection may be necessary to determine if your establishment is a factory.

How do I go about registering my factory?

The department for registering and monitoring factories is the Industrial Safety Department (I.S.D) Ministry of Labour and Social Security. To gain registration, the owner or operator of the factory should collect an application form and scale of fees from the I.S.D. Complete the form and pay the prescribed fee at the Collector of Taxes. Submit both the completed form and Collector of Taxes receipt to I.S.D. When granted, the registration is valid for three (3) years. It is the duty of the owner or operator to apply for registration and to do so (thirty) 30 days prior to the expiration date, in the case of re-registration.

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