As of 1 November 2017, light industry facilities are required to comply with the adopted occupational safety rules. The Rules apply to works and processes involving finishing works for fabrics and knitwear, production of non-woven materials, spinning, production of textiles and clothing, processing of leather raw materials, works involving leather tanning and finishing, fur dyeing and processing, production of clothing, footwear and other leather and fur products.
The Ministry of Occupation and Employment Relations is planning to implement ten ILO Conventions and to generally revise the national occupational safety legislation.
Plan of Comprehensive Measures aimed at improving the efficiency of state labour protection bodies provides for the possible implementation of certain ILO Conventions and for the revision of labour safety legislation.
Federal Labour and Occupation Service (RosTrud) has published a clarification on the necessity of organizing a preliminary and subsequent regular medical examinations for employees.
Medical examinations are regulated by Order No. 302n that also lists types of working conditions and occupational exposure that are considered as harmful or hazardous.
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.
The Government has announced the development of occupational safety rules for works in restricted and confined spaces. The reason for such an action is that currently in Russia there is no regulation that contains unified requirements applicable to works in restricted and confined spaces. The requirements applicable to this type of works are insufficient, unclear and scattered over a number of regulatory instruments, including occupational safety rules and norms.
Revised requirements for the issue of special water use permits
The adopted law amends the provisions regulating the issue of special water use permits. In particular, it revises the provisions setting out grounds for the termination of the right to use a water body, provisions on granting the right to an organization to perform special use of a water body, etc.
What will be checked during a state labour safety inspection?
As of 15 January 2017, employers are prohibited to send young workers (i.e those below 18 years of age) on business trips or to make them work overtime or at night. In addition, young workers must not work on weekends or during public holidays. This requirement excludes “creative” workers, those employed by mass media, theaters or concert organisations, provided that one of the worker’s parents or guardians has given their written consent and that the relevant state educational authority has also given its consent.