Health & Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee within the UĦM was set up in June 1998 after the General Council of the Union appointed Joseph M. Gerada as its first Health and Safety Officer.  In May 1998 the Union’s General Conference approved an amendment to the Statute, which stipulates that, the Health and Safety Officer should be a Union Official.

The primary objective of the Health and Safety Committee is that of promoting among UĦM members an awareness – through information, training and education – of the need for health and safety conditions at the workplace.  The Committee, through the Health and Safety Officer, is responsible for making recommendations to the relevant authorities regarding health and safety issues at work. The Committee also coordinates the activities that the different Union Sections organise from time to time in this respect.

With effect from December 2005 Antoine Azzopardi was appointed by the General Council as the Health and Safety Representative of the Union.  Following the demise of Antoine Azzopardi in October 2006 the General Council appointed Jesmond Bonello as Health and Safety Officer with effect from December 2006.

Present Committee Members:

  • Edwin Balzan, Vice-President UĦM
  • Keith Pace, representing the Health Services Section
  • Edward Gruppetta, representing the Health Services Section
  • Aldo Busuttil, representing the Health Services Section
  • Guido Zammit, representing the Public Entities Section
  • Antoinette Camilleri representing the Public Entities Section

For further information, contact Edwin Balzan, ebalzan@uhm.org.mt

Health and Safety Legislation

  • Occupational Health and Safety Authority Act XXVII of 2000
  • Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Enabling Act
  • L.N. 06/2005 – Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations, 2005
  • L.N. 283/2004 – Protection of Young Persons at Work Places (Amendment) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 282/2004 – Work Equipment (Minimum Safety and Health Requirements) Reg., 2004
  • L.N. 281/2004 – Work Place (Minimum Health and Safety Requirements for Work at Construction Sites) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 185/2004 – Work Place (Minimum Health and Safety Requirements for the Protection of Workers from Risks arising from exposure to Noise) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 41/2004 – Work Place (Minimum Requirements for Work) (Confined Spaces and Spaces having Explosive Atmospheres) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 379/2003 -Protection of Workers in the Mineral Extracting Industries through Drilling and Workers in Surface and Underground Mineral Extracting Industries Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 228/2003 – Protection of Workers from Risks related to Exposure to Biological Agents at Work Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 227/2003 – Protection of the Health and Safety of Workers from the Risks related to Chemical Agents at Work Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 123/2003 – Protection of Workers from the Risks related to Exposure to Asbestos at Work Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 122/2003 – Regulations on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work, 2003
  • L.N. 121/2003 – Minimum requirements for the use of personal protective equipment at work regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 120/2003 – Regulations establishing a first list of indicative occupational exposure limit values on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work, 2003
  • L.N. 37/2003 – Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations, 2003 Arrangement of Regulations
  • L.N. 36/2003 – General Provisions for Health and Safety at Work Places Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 35/2003 – Protection against Risks of Back Injury at Work Places Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 34/2003 – Factories (Night Work by Women) (Repeal) Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 45/2002 – Workplace (Provision of Health and, or Safety Signs) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 44/2002 – Workplace (Minimum Health and Safety Requirements) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 43/2002 – Minimum Health and Safety Requirements for Work with Display Screen Equipment Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 11/2002 – Workplace (First Aid) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 10/2002 – Occupational Health and Safety Appeals Board (Procedural) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 92/2000 – Protection of Maternity at Work Places Regulations, 2000
  • L.N. 91/2000 – Protection of Young Persons at Work Places Regulations, 2000
  • L.N. 52/1986 – Factories (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, 1986
  • L.N. 25/1984 – Power Presses Regulations, 1984
  • L.N. 34/1976 – Steam and Hot Water Boilers Regulations, 1976
  • L.N. 96/1968 – Building (Safety) Regulations, 1968
  • L.N. 47/1964 – Factories (Hoists and Lifts) Regulations, 1964
  • G.N. 340/1954 – Factories (Superintendence and Control of Plant) Regulations, 1954
  • Chapter 169 Factories Ordinance of 1953 – Dock Safety Regulations, 1953
  • Chapter 169 Factories Ordinance of 1949 – Factories (Woodworking Machinery) Regulations, 1949