Department of Labour-This is to notify and inform the general public that the SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT (E-Work Permit) is now being initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. The employers wishing to import foreign workers even for the duration less than 30 days should now compulsorily apply online through MoLHR-MIS with immediate effect. Besides the normal required documents, the individual/FWRA/employers should submit the medical clearance certificate of the foreigners obtained from the country of origin.This notification is referred to the approval of the night halt work permits only and for other categories and updates, MoLHR will keep notifying in future.

Notification regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This is to notify the general public that as per Labour and Employment Act of Bhutan 2007, Section 141 – An employer shall provide and maintain a working environment for employees that is safe and without risks to health.

Further the employer shall furnish appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the employees which is elaborated in its Regulation on Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare, 2022 as follows:

Section 72 – The employer shall furnish employees, at no cost to employees, with personal protective equipment for the eyes, face, hands and feet, protective shields and barriers whenever necessary by reason of the hazardous nature of the process or environment, chemical or radiological or other mechanical irritants or hazards capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact,

Section 73 – All personal protective equipment shall be of the approved design and construction appropriate for the exposure and the work to be performed,

Section 74 – The employer shall be responsible for the adequacy and proper maintenance of personal protective equipment used in the workplace and ensure employees use the personal protective equipment at all times while performing work.

The detail on PPE is accessible on Chapter 4 of Regulation on Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare, 2022 which is available at www.molhr.gov.bt under publication of Department of Labour.

All employers are required to adhere to this notification failing which penalty as the Act and its Regulations shall be imposed.

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