The Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation proposed to simplify the assessment of working conditions for companies employing up to 15 people. The head of the department, Anton Kotyakov, spoke about this at the plenary session “Occupational risk management through the prism of new changes in legislation in the field of labor protection”, as part of the VII All-Russian week of labor protection.
He noted the need to minimize the costs of micro-business on labor protection, while maintaining efficiency. In this regard, the Ministry has formed an initiative for a self-declaration procedure.
“This procedure will simplify the special assessment at workplaces where more than 1 million people are employed. These are industries with low rates of injuries and occupational diseases: administrative services, advertising, insurance, and others,” Kotyakov said.
In particular, the procedure for identifying potentially harmful and dangerous production factors is proposed to be carried out by the employer without the involvement of an accredited organization. This process will follow a special checklist of 27 questions that reflect the possible presence of harmful physical, chemical, biological and labor process factors in the workplace.
The employee gets acquainted with the answers of the employer. If no hazards are found, the firm will be able to file a declaration – that is, self-declaration of working conditions. If harmful factors are identified, it will be necessary to involve an accredited organization for measurements.