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Resolution No. 1111, 2017

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Labor & Employment

El Ministerio de Trabajo establece los estándares mínimos del sistema de gestión en seguridad y salud en el trabajo – SG-SST.


The Ministry of Labor establishes the minimum standards of the workplace health and safety management system – WHS-MS  

On March 27, 2017, the Ministry of Labor issued Resolution No. 1111, 2017, which regulates the Minimum Standards of the WHS-MS for employers and contractors. These standards are the set of dispositions, requirements and procedures of mandatory compliance, by means of with it establishes, registers, verifies and controls compliance of the basic conditions of the technological and scientific capacity; economic and financial sufficiency; and of technic-administrative capacity essential for the operation and development of the employer’s and contractor’s activities in the General System of Labor Risks.  

Its deployment must be adjusted and adequate to each particular company or entity, according to its number of employees and economic activity, within the following phases and dates defined by the Ministry:

  • PHASE I: Initial Evaluation: From June to August, 2017. 
  • PHASE II: Improvement plan according to initial evaluation: From September to December, 2017. 
  • PHASE III: Execution of the WHS-MS: From January to December, 2018. 
  • PHASE IV: Follow-up and improvement plan:  From January to March, 2019.
  • PHASE V: Inspection, surveillance and control made by the Ministry of Labor: From April, 2019 onwards. On December, 2019, companies shall perform an auto-evaluation according to the Minimum Standards, and propose the Improvement Plan and the Annual Plan of the WHS – MS for year 2020. 

As of January, 2020 onwards, every WHS-MS will be executed on an annual basis from January to December, or fraction of year if it is a new company, and shall be registered on the application enabled for the purpose at the Web Page of the Ministry of Labor, as of December, 2020 onwards. The auto-evaluations and improvement plans of years 2017, 2018 and first semester of 2019, shall be kept at the disposition of the functionaries of the Ministry of Labor.  

Additionally, minimum training and experience criteria have been established, according to the number of employees and the kind of risk of the specific activity, which are demanded to develop the design, assessment, training, administration and execution of of the WHS – MS, being required, in most cases, a license in security and safe at work which shall be in full force and effect. 

Finally, it must be clarified that the compliance of the Minimum Standards shall be verified and documented, not only internally, but also in respect to the contractors, cooperatives, temporary employment agencies, and in general, in respect of any company or entity that renders it services in the company’s facilities, headquarters or work centers.  

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