Joint controls on businesses in last quarter

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:55 PM

St. Maarten – Joint controls by multiple government agencies are planned for the last quarter of 2011. Controls will take place unexpected on a regular basis. The agencies involved in carrying out the inspections are the Control and Inspection Departments of Economic Affairs, Public Health and Labour and the Fire Department.
The objective of the controls is guaranteeing quality service to residents and visitors by making sure that establishments are adhering to the rules and regulations that govern their operations.

Establishments are required to have all documentation such as a business license, operational license, labour registration, personnel list, work schedules, overtime, wages, insurance and employment permits all in order and available for display when requested.
The conditions of the aforementioned establishments with respect to fire and food safety will also be checked. Establishments must meet codes and maintain safety codes where it concerns the amount and state of fire extinguishers (serviced annually), fire emergency exits, exit signs, emergency lights, gas bottles and installation, and the building structure and electrical wiring.

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