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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

«Speaking on behalf of the UNECE I should say that this Forum is very important for us. It gives us the opportunity to present to the participants who represent authorities and the private sector the content and the importance of the Industrial Accidents Convention. This Forum gives us as I said a great opportunity to share our message with the participants and we are active in several frameworks to talk and discuss about the Industrial Accidents Convention. In general such conferences are very important, moreover, they provide different countries and stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss industrial safety problems and challenges.»

Chris Dijkens

Chris Dijkens, Chair of the Conference of the Parties, the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents Director, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Netherlands)