Occupational exposure

Russia: Occupational safety standards adopted

The recently published standards concern personal protective equipment for respiratory organs and eyes, special clothing, dielectric gloves and personal protective equipment that is to be used as fall protection during works at height.

GOST R ISO 13688-2016 “Occupational safety standards system. Special protective clothing. General requirements” contains requirements for ergonomics, safety, size labelling, wear and tear and general labelling of protective clothing.

Russia: Industry is opposing the proposed rules on medical examination of workers

Draft regulation on medical examination of employees is being discussed. However, most organisations which this regulation would impact, if adopted, do not support the proposal. The Russian Industry and Entrepreneurs Union (RSPP) has shown a negative reaction on the proposed expansion of categories of professions and workplaces with exposure to harmful or hazardous working conditions.

Russia: Revised medical surveillance procedure for employees is being finalised

The draft revised medical surveillance procedure for workers is to be adopted in the near future. The public discussion of the revised draft procedure has just been completed and the draft procedure is undergoing the procedure of regulatory impact evaluation. The probability that the current draft of the procedure is around 65%.

What would change if the revised procedure is adopted?

Belarus: adopted list of conditionally-pathogenic microorganisms and pathogenic biological agents

The list includes bacteria (including rickettsia and chlamydia), viruses, prions, fungi, protozoa and poisons (toxins), with the specification of their relevant risk group. Works with conditionally-pathogenic microorganisms and pathogenic biological agents may only be performed pursuant to a licence issued by the Ministry of Healthcare of Belarus. Works with pathogenic biological agents belonging to risk groups 3 or 4 (high and very high risk) may only be performed by state organisations.

Russia: Proposed Law on Chemical Safety

The Draft Law on Chemical Safety was proposed by the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia.  The draft law aims to create a consolidated legal framework in the area of chemical safety.

The draft proposes to introduce a number of new definitions, such as “hazardous chemical factor”, “chemical threat”, “acceptable chemical risk”, “chemical safety”, “hazardous chemical substance”, “hazardous persistent chemical compounds”, etc.

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