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Russia: Upcoming changes in occupational health and safety legislation

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has adopted the “Roadmap” that contains a plan for the revision of a number of statutory instruments containing occupational health and safety requirements.

List of harmful and/or hazardous conditions and works requiring preliminary and regular medical examinations

Russia: Amendments to the Fire Safety Regulations

As of 26 September 2017, a number of important amendments to fire safety regulations enter into force in Russia. The amendments to the fire safety requirements have been introduced by Decree No. 947 of 20 September 2016.

Separate fire safety instructions are also compulsory for category A and B premises

Ukraine: Amended fire safety rules

As of 3 October 2017, fire safety rules of Ukraine (the Rules) have been amended. The amendments clarify existing requirements and also impose a number of new fire safety requirements. The Rules apply to all organisations regardless of the type of their activity.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility lies with trademark owners

A letter issued by the Russian environmental protection authority (RosPrirodNadzor) No. AC-10-02-36/13739 dated 28 June 2017, explains that it is the trademark owner who is responsible for compliance with the recycling targets or for paying the environmental charge in relation to products and packaging they have placed on the Russian market.

Russia: Is the employer allowed to impose financial penalties on employees?

The existing labour law clearly defines what kind of penalties employers are allowed to apply to their employees. The employer may only impose financial or disciplinary sanctions in cases set out by the Labour Code of the Russian Federation (Article 137). In such cases it is lawful for an employer to deduct certain amounts from an employee’s salary.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility will not apply to product components

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has drafted amendments to the Law on Industrial and Consumer Wates No. 89-FZ. The amendments would clarify that manufacturers and importers of product components (rather than finished products) or any materials that are to be used for manufacturing other goods will not have to comply with any recycling targets within the extended producer responsibility (EPR) concept.

Ukraine: Published draft law on energy efficiency

On 18 September 2017 the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving published draft Law on Energy Efficiency.  The draft law would establish the legal framework for energy efficiency and would apply to organisations the activities of which result in energy consumption. 

Russia: Authorities may be allowed to make test purchases

Draft law that would amend the Law on Consumer Protection and the Law on Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population has been proposed by the Government of the Russian Federation. According to the proposed amendments the market surveillance authority (RosPotrebNadzor) will be allowed to make test purchases as a part of market surveillance activities with the purpose of checking compliance with the applicable sanitary and epidemiological requirements.