Hungary has issued Government Decree 105/2019 (V. 8.) which lays down certain provisions relating to the implementation of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/852 on mercury and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 1102/2008. This Decree, which applies to mercury, mercury compounds, and mixtures of mercury, entered into force on the 16th day following its publication.
Additional information: http://njt.hu/cgi_bin/njt_doc.cgi?docid=214776.369680.
The United Kingdom has issued regulations regarding any work with ionizing radiation that involves having a radioactive substance containing more than the quantity specified in relation to the radionuclide in Schedule 1 or more than the mass of a fissile material specified in Schedule 2. These regulations require the operator to restrict dose exposure during an emergency and to prepare a written evaluation prior to the commencement of any work involving ionizing radiation. These regulations entered into force on May 22, 2019.
Additional information: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/703/contents/made.
Taiwan's Ministry of Labor announced amendments to Articles 3 and 6 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations. Changes to Article 6 include listing responsibilities required of the employer in order to ensure worker safety. These items include high pressure gas hazards, and prevention against explosives, fire, equipment accidents, radiation, exhaust, etc. Effective date of the amendments is to be announced by the Ministry of Labor at a later date.
Additional information: https://law.moj.gov.tw/News/NewsDetail.aspx?msgid=148221.
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.
The Malaysian Ministry of Energy Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change has issued the Renewable Energy (Amendment of Schedule) (No. 2) Order 2019. This amendment makes a text substitution in the schedule of the Renewable Energy Order.
Additional information: http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20190401_PUA103.pdf.
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Denmark Issues Order on Measures to Prevent Cancer Risk When Working with Substances and Materials Amended to Replace Requirements for Workplace Instructions
Denmark's Executive Order on the Amendment of the Order on Measures to Prevent Cancer Risk When Working with Substances and Materials (the Order) repealed a series of requirements for workplace instructions. The Order modifies the footnote of the title to the Order, repeals Section 15, and replaces Section 16 with a series of training, instruction, and education provisions. The Order enters into force on July 1, 2019.
Additional information: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=207713.