Voting has started on the final draft of ISO 45001, the occupational health and safety standard. The upcoming standard will follow in the footsteps of ISO’s other management systems approaches, such as ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 9001 (quality). It will also take into account other international standards in this area, including OHSAS 18001, ILO-OSH guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions. Publication is expected in March 2018.
India is expected to implement a ban on seven persistent organic pollutants (POPs) by the middle of 2018. In addition to a ban on manufacture, use, sale, and import/export of the chemicals. Current holders must notify the government of their stocks within six months of the law being passed under the proposed regulations. The seven substances were earmarked for elimination in 2009, after they were added to Annex A of the Stockholm Convention on POPs. However, India is one of a small number of signatories to the convention that does not automatically adopt new rules and must explicitly opt-in to any changes.
The Ministry of Labor made many changes to articles in the Labor Health Protection Rules in order to do the following: better protect workers in larger companies; better prevent muscular, bone, and mental health occupational diseases; ensure prevention of diseases caused by exposure to chromic acid, dichromic acid, and other acids and salts; and provide clearer guidance on the distribution of medical and health professionals according to entity size. The new version of Rules also provides for health professional work safety training requirements within the entities.
On November 13, 2017, the Ministry of Finance for Thailand published, in the Official Gazette, Ministerial Regulations on the Storage and Handling of Dangerous Goods. The Regulations outline requirements for storing, loading and transporting dangerous goods that are in the customs territory and taken out of the customs territory. The Regulations specify that in the case of port or airport customs areas, there is no safe place to carry dangerous goods. In addition, the Regulations specify that the transport and storage of dangerous goods should be carried out in a safe place in accordance with the rules, procedures and conditions at the site.
The Government of South Korea has made minor amendments to over 100 pieces of legislation. Amendments have been made to the following environmental and safety legislation:
New legislation was unveiled on November 8, 2017, pursuant to An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), also referred to as Bill C-65. The amendment would merge existing separate labor standards for sexual harassment and violence to enact a comprehensive approach that takes the full spectrum of harassment and violence into consideration. If adopted, Bill C-65 will require employers in federally-regulated workplaces to develop improved policies and programs to help prevent workplace violence and harassment. It could take a year or more before the rules come into effect, as regulations would have to be crafted once the bill receives parliamentary approval.
The Department of the Environment and Energy for Australia has opened a public consultation period on the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for a national phase out of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals, including its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF). The consultation period closes on Monday, February 26, 2018. Public information sessions were held in each state during November 2017.
The draft RIS proposes a national approach to managing PFOS in order to minimize future emissions and align with global standards established by the Stockholm Convention. The draft RIS proposes four options: two options consistent with the Convention requirements, one option for light touch regulation, and one option of no regulation. The Department is looking for comments from all stakeholders, including: state, territory and local governments, industry members, and the community. The Department is seeking comments on suggested options for government action, the data and assumptions supporting each option and the data gaps identified in the draft RIS. Responses received during the consultation period will be used to shape the final RIS for consideration by the Australian Government.
The Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection for Austria
published Ordinance No. 309/2017, which amends the Workplace Ordinance. Specifically, the amendment ensures that traffic routes be:
In addition, the amendment requires that there be a secure escape area and escape route in case of fire or another emergency. Emergency exits must be labeled and increased depending on the number of persons in a workplace. The Ordinance comes into effect December 1, 2017.
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) for Colombia issued Resolution No. 2246 of 2017, by which article 10 of Resolution No. 1297 of 2010 is modified and other provisions are issued. The 2010 Resolution establishes the systems of selective collection and environmental management of waste batteries and/or accumulators, with the purpose of preventing and controlling the degradation of the environment.
After evaluating the progress that has been made since the implementation of the 2010 Resolution, MADS has concluded that significant progress has been made and, in order to continue to strengthen such systems, communication mechanisms with consumers must be improved to achieve greater efficiency in return and collection of waste.
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