Occupational exposure

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.

Uzbekistan: Revised edition of labour protection law entered into force

As of 24 December 2016, the revised edition of the Law on Labour Protection entered into force. The new edition introduces the new concept of “occupational safety audit”.

The revised version also explicitly permits to contract external OHS professionals to perform the functions of the OHS service at an organization with 50 or more employees.

Uzbekistan: published important draft occupational safety regulations

Uzbekistan: published important draft occupational safety regulations

Uzbekistan has published drafts of seven regulations that have been developed as a set of measures aimed at the improvement of the occupational safety legal framework in the country

The following draft regulations were published:

Russia: Will your company be inspected in 2017?

In order answer this question, one should go to the official website of the General Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation. The service that can be accessed via this website (presently launched in the testing mode) allows you to check whether your organization will be visited by any state inspectors in 2017. The service will also give you the information on which dates your company is to be inspected and how long the inspection will last. The service will also inform you on subject of each inspection (e.g.

Russia. Issue 16 May 2016

DRAFT Amendments to working time restrictions for drivers

The Ministry of Transport has proposed to optimize restrictions imposed on the working time of drivers. The amendments are to affect organisations and facilities that employ drivers operating vehicles belonging to such organisations and that are incorporated or registered in Russia.

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