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.
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.
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.
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.
Adopted licensing requirements for facilities performing fire-protection works
Facilities performing fire protection works, such as service and repair and service of automatic fire fighting installations (foam, powder, aerosol, water, etc.), fire alarm systems, evacuation systems, smoke protection systems, etc., are required to comply with the adopted requirements. These requirements relate to the minimum qualification of service personnel as well as organizational and technical requirements.