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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

«All over the Forum I discussed with other specialists future activities arising from the problems mentioned here. At the moment the Forum is very much fixed on problems with industrial safety in Russia and neighboring countries like Kazakhstan, Belorussia and so on. But we need to open it more for international standards.

Nearly every presentation was to some extent interesting for me, for example the methodologies for risk assessment, because this is also the topic in European Union constraints. But also the topics which are far away from problem fields in Germany, problems with pipelines, for instance. These topics are really new for me, and normally, I didn’t have knowledge about this.

The organizational level of event was very high and I don’t want to complaint anything. I have one proposal concerning information transfer – presentation interpretation by two interpreters is not enough. I would like also to have presentations in two languages – Russian and English. It is too much for an interpreter to transform all the information and slides, so some people were not able to understand the language».

Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei

Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, Scientific Senior Advisor of the Safe Handling of Hazardous Substances and Major Accidents Control Department
Federal Environment Agency (Germany)
Member of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention Bureau