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Newly published occupation safety regulations

10.11.2015

October 7, 2015 the Ministry of Trade published the Order No. 552n “Occupational safety regulations when working with tools and equipment”. These regulations will come into effect in three months.

Mikhail Chertkov, Director of C.A.C-GCE (member of GCE Group) says, “Works that are conducted using tools and equipment relate to high health risks. We have been following safety regulations developed more than twenty years ago (Regulatory document 34.03.204 Safety norms when working with tools and equipment). However, it is necessary to introduce new regulatory documents.”

New regulations will cover manual, mechanized, electric, abrasive and CBN, pneumatic and hydraulic, engine-driven and manual pyrotechnic tools and equipment.

“When using tools and equipment, an employee is affected by several harmful production factors. There is a risk of electrical shock and excessive noise or vibration, or personnel may be required to work at heights or outside. Besides, usage of some equipment and tools lead to gas accumulation in the work area,” comments Mikhail Chertkov.

The following statements relate to main changes in regulatory documents:

  • only personnel of required competence and age can use electric, pneumatic and hydraulic, engine-driven and manual pyrotechnic tools and equipment;
  • new requirements to production areas (size and lighting level) have been introduced;
  • tools shall pass through certification testing;
  • personnel of required qualification or company contracted for work shall bear responsibility for technical conditions and operability of tools and equipment;
  • permission is required to use manual pyrotechnic equipment.

 

The regulations will come to effect on January 8, 2016.

Forum participant’s opinion

«First of all I would like to point out high organizational level of the Forum. The event provides a unique opportunity to share experience with industrial safety experts from various countries. We discussed lots of challenging topics. The most important for Blue Stream Pipeline Company B.V., like for all hazardous industrial facilities operators, are industrial safety practices and changes occurred in the legislation, especially the changes in the Federal Law 116-FZ which impacted everyone. In addition, I would say that the main challenge in the present world is the responsibility of the owner of any hazard facility. This challenge must be paid close attention to.»

Vladimir V. Korneev

Vladimir V. Korneev, Technical Director Blue Stream Pipeline Company B. V. (Russia)