SafeWork Australia opened a review of the workplace exposure standards (WES) for airborne contaminants. The review seeks to achieve the highest quality evidence and a rigorous scientific approach in support of the standards. Interested parties may review the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for the WES. Release 1 was open for comment from February 18, 2019 through April 30, 2019. The review will close in February 2020, with finalization in March 2020.
Additional information: https://engage.swa.gov.au/workplace-exposure-standards-review.
South Korea has made amendments to the Rules for Occupational Safety and Health Standards. The amendments mainly deal with lifts and replacement machines. It changes Article 415(1) to require employers to take certain measures when using these machines, such as installing handles to prevent slipping, installing safety rails and ladders, and providing information to workers on proper use.
The amendments took effect on May 19, 2019.
Additional information: http://www.law.go.kr/법령/산업안전보건기준에관한규칙.
The European Union sought consultation on Delegated Regulation: Hazardous Chemicals – Amended Export and Import Rules. The Regulation implements rules on international trade in hazardous chemicals to ensure unwanted imports are prevented. The Regulation involves the exchange of information regarding hazards, risks, and safe handling. The rules were amended to confirm retroactive effect and legal clarity. The feedback period extended from April 16, 2019 through May 14, 2019.
Hungary Issues Government Decree 8/2019 Establishing Noise Emission Limits and Methods for Monitoring Noise and Vibration Limits
The Hungarian Government issued Government Decree 8/2019 on the establishment of noise emission limits and the method for monitoring noise and vibration emissions. The Decree also establishes environmental noise and vibration load limits. This Decree, with the exception provided for paragraph 2, entered into force on the eighth day following promulgation. Annexes 1 and 2 shall enter into force on January 1, 2020.
Additional information: http://njt.hu/cgi_bin/njt_doc.cgi?docid=213448.366245.
Nigeria Pledges Commitment to the ILO Convention on Stopping Gender-Based Violence and Harassment of Women and Men in the World of Work
Nigeria's Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Employment committed to the promotion of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Convention on Stopping Gender-Based Violence and Harassment of Women and Men in the World of Work. The Secretary also emphasized the relationship between an enabling work environment, productivity, and economic growth.
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