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: Proposed risk-oriented approach for state environmental inspections

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology published draft decree that would regulate state environmental inspections. According to the draft Decree proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, all organisations are to be assigned an environmental risk category. The draft Decree sets out criteria for assigning any organization to an environmental risk category.

Russia: Adopted standards on chemical product identification

The Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) has approved two national standards: GOST R 57443-2017 “Chemical product identification. General provisions” and GOST R 57444-2017 “Chemical product identification. Rules for performing laboratory testS.” 

Russia: Proposed additional health and safety risk criteria for organisations

Organisations may be assigned to lower or higher risk category (for the purposes of state inspection frequency, insurance premium calculation, etc.) if additional criteria are to be applied.

Thus, an organization may be assigned a lower H&S risk if, during the past year, there were no occupational injuries at this organization or the organization is not in arrears for salaries or there were no administrative penalties issued to it.

Russia: Proposed additional options for paying advanced environmental fees

Organisations paying environmental fees (i.e. those performing air emissions, wastewater discharges or waste disposal) may be granted more flexibility for the payment of such fees in advance, if the published draft regulation is adopted.

The current procedure for the calculation of quarterly advanced payments of environmental fees requires the payers to pay in advance ¼ of the environmental fee paid for the previous year. As a result, some organisations are likely to significantly overpay their environmental fees.