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Australia

Australian Government Amends Work Health and Safety Regulations

SafeWork Australia has adopted amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. On July 1, 2017, the Fair Work and Other Legislation Amendment (South Australian Employment Court) Regulations 2017 were compiled into the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. The 2017 Regulations do not make substantive changes to the 2011 Regulations.

Additional information:
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017C00580.

Belgium

Belgium Amends Decree on Student Working Restrictions

Belgium’s Royal Decree of 10 July 2017, effective July 1, 2017, amends the Royal Decree of 14 July 1995. All students who are enrolled in a training or work-study program may now enter into a contract for the occupation, under conditions set forth on education and training in the workplace.

Additional information:
https://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultNews.aspx?id=46273.

Brazil

Brazil Proposes Establishment of Policy on WEEE

A bill has been proposed in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies to create the National Policy for Disassembly and Refurbishment of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), with a view to facilitating for Brazilians, the acquisition and use of information and communication technologies, and laying out protocols for the environmentally sustainable disposal of computers and accessories.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Mexico

Mexican Government Adopts Agreement to Establish Workplace Reporting System

The Government of Mexico has adopted an agreement establishing a workplace health and safety reporting system. The purpose of the agreement is to create a system for employers to declare to the Labor Authority, under protest of truth, the level of compliance with the general conditions of work, training and safety and health that are found in their workplaces.

The administration and operation of the system will be the responsibility of the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare through the General Directorate of Federal Labor Inspection. The information provided by employers will only be used to verify compliance with labor regulations. The information and personal data contained in the system will not be disseminated, distributed or marketed pursuant to the terms of the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information.

Workplaces that are at the highest level of compliance may obtain written recognition, after verification of the information by the Labor Authority. If it is determined that information provided by employers or their representatives is false or that information was provided in bad faith, the Secretariat shall order the execution of extraordinary inspection visits at the workplace and shall inform competent authorities.

Additional information:
https://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5492491&fecha=01/08/2017.

Thailand

Department Issues Notification on Concentration Limits for Dangerous Chemicals

On August 3, 2017, the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare of Thailand published a notification on concentration limits of dangerous chemicals in the workplace and hazardous chemical storage facilities. The notification lists concentration limits for over 300 chemical substances. The notification entered into force the day following its publication in the Government Gazette.

Additional information:
https://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/E/198/34.PDF.

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