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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

«I think that the most important thing about the Forum is that it's an opportunity for experts from different countries to get together, listen to presentations, have discussions in the margins of the Forum, and share experience of best practices in the area of industrial safety. It's a great opportunity for everyone involved!

Nowadays, with increasing numbers of global operators, having some continuity and consistency in the way that legislation applies across the world is important. The Forum this week is a good way forward. It has been helpful by providing the platform for the exchange of ideas on how different countries regulate hazards.

Thank you to the GCE Group and team for hosting such an event to promote the dialogue between countries, governments and industries. I hope through my role in the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, we can continue to work together in the future to make progress in industrial safety.»

Sandra Ashcroft

Sandra Ashcroft, Chair of the Working Group on Implementation of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial