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Croatia. SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTION AT THE WORKPLACE ACT, 1996
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SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTION AT THE WORKPLACE ACT, 1996


PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART II. OBLIGATIONS OF EMPLOYERS AND SAFETY AGENTS IN THE APPLICATION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTIVE AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES

PART III. WORKERS' RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

PART IV. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ACTIVITY

PART V. ERECTION OF BUILDINGS FOR WORK, MANUFACTURE OF MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES AND INDIVIDUAL PROTECTIVE SAFETY AND HEALTH DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT

PART VI. SURVEILLANCE

PART VII. PENALTY PROVISIONS

PART VIII. TRANSITORY AND FINAL PROVISIONS


PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1

(1) The objective of this Act is to prevent occupational injuries and diseases at the workplace and to protect the working environment.

(2) The objective of regulating individual safety and health is to ensure the unimpeded mental and physical development of young persons, to protect women from maternity risks, to protect disabled persons and persons with occupational diseases from further deterioration in their health and capacity for work and to protect older workers' capacity for work within reasonable limits in respect of their age.

Section 2

(1) This Act determines the persons covered, their rights, obligations and responsibilities in respect of safety and health protection at the workplace, and establishes occupational safety and health regulations to secure, to the greatest extent possible, the application of the objectives laid down in Section 1 of this Act.

(2) Occupational safety and health rights, obligations and responsibilities shall also be directly and indirectly determined by regulations contained in labour legislation, retirement and disability insurance, health insurance and protection, and by technical and other safety and health regulations in respect of workers and other persons at the workplace, and by regulations set out in collective agreements.

Section 3

(1) The Republic of Croatia shall systematically monitor the field of occupational safety and health protection and shall, in consultation with employers' and workers' representatives, and within its competencies, determine, recommend, apply and periodically review the policy and promote activity on the harmonisation of legislation to promote safety and health protective and preventive measures.

(2) With the view of achieving this aim the Republic of Croatia shall establish a National Council for Occupational Safety and Health which shall consist of government agents, employers' and workers' representatives and occupational safety and health specialists.

Section 4

(1) For the purpose of this Act, the term "employer" covers all legal persons which employ one or more workers, including public employees.

(2) The provisions of this Act shall apply to self-employed persons and legal persons when they employ other persons.

Section 5

(1) For the purpose of this Act the term "workers" covers:

(2) For the purpose of this Act the term "other persons" covers persons who are in the employer's workrooms and space for whatever reason (for example, business collaborators, officials of state administrative bodies, users of services and other persons) .

(3) The provisions of this Act do not apply to members of the armed forces and the police.

(4) The provisions of this Act do not apply to domestic servants.

Section 6

For the purpose of this Act the terms "workplace" and "working environment" cover all places and space where workers need to be or to go to in the course of their work and which are under the direct or indirect control of the employer.

Section 7

(1) Safety and health protection at work, as an organised activity, includes the system of rules laid down by this Act and other regulations on:

(2) The activity of safety and health protection at the workplace is of public interest.

Section 8

Safety and health protection at the workplace is an integral part of the organisation of work and the work process, and shall be carried out through safety and health at work activity, the application of laid down, contracted and recognised rules on safety and health protection at work, and supplementary measures and instructions determined by the employer.

Section 9

(1) The objective of safety and health protection regulations is to eliminate and minimise the risks inherent in the material elements of work in the course of work (hereinafter referred to as "basic rules of safety and health protection at work").

(2) Basic rules of safety and health protection at work set out the standards required for material elements of work when in use, in the following fields in particular:

(3) For the purpose of this Act the term "material elements of work" covers:

Section 10

(1) If risks to the safety and health of workers cannot be eliminated by the application of basic rules of safety and health protection at work, then there shall be applied rules of safety and health protection of workers and the method of work (hereinafter referred to as "specific rules of safety and health protection at work").

(2) Specific rules of safety and health protection at work cover the age, sex, qualification and skill, health, mental and physical capacities workers have to meet in the course of work with particular working conditions.

(3) Specific rules of safety and health protection at work cover also the following:

Section 11

(1) Recognised rules on safety and health protection at work include other regulations and/or rules which have proved to be efficient in the elimination or minimisation of occupational risks, the prevention of occupational injuries, occupational and other diseases, and other dangerous effects, and shall be applied in the absence of adopted occupational safety and health regulations.

(2) If such other occupational safety and health regulations are to be applied, then the more favourable ones shall be selected.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall lay down in a book of regulations which other such regulations shall be applied as recognised rules on safety and health protection at work, and the way in which they are to be published.

Section 12

(1) The Minister of Labour shall lay down in secondary statutory regulations the basic and specific rules of safety and health protection at work.

(2) The Minister of Labour may commission a competent scientific or professional institution, firm or professional association to draw up guidelines for secondary statutory regulations.

(3) The competent ministers shall determine the occupational safety and health regulations referred to in subsection (1) above to be applied by members of the armed forces and the police.

Section 13

(1) The employer shall be held responsible for the organisation and implementation of occupational safety and health measures irrespective of the fact that he may have employed an occupational safety and health specialist, or established an occupational safety and health service or engaged a natural person, institution or firm competent in the field of occupational safety and health protection at work.

(2) The employer may designate a person to be in charge of occupational safety and health activity (hereinafter referred to as "safety agent").

(3) The employer shall draw up a work contract establishing the abovementioned authorisation and the hours of work during which the duties referred to in the preceding subsection shall be carried out.

Section 14

Whenever two or more employers engage in activities simultaneously at one construction site they shall cooperate in applying the provisions of this Act.

Section 15

The employer shall be liable to the worker for losses due to accidents at work, diseases or other related diseases on the basis of the principle of objective responsibility (causality) as regulated by the law of contracts and torts.

Section 16

Occupational safety and health protection regulations and related health protection and prevention measures shall be applied without any cost to workers.

 

PART II. OBLIGATIONS OF EMPLOYERS AND SAFETY AGENTS IN THE APPLICATION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTIVE AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Chapter 1. General Principles of Occupational Safety and Health at the Level of the Employer

Section 17

The employer shall apply occupational safety and health protection regulations which are based on the following general prevention and protection principles of:

 

Chapter 2. The Establishment and Application of Occupational Safety and Health Protection at Work

Section 18

(1) The employer shall prepare a risk evaluation in order to eliminate or minimise safety and health risks and shall for this purpose supply all necessary means.

(2) The employer shall lay down in writing the way in which safety and health protection and prevention, occupational safety and health regulations, obligations and responsibilities of his safety agents and workers are to be carried out in those areas which are not regulated by this Act, the rules thereof, collective agreements or work contracts.

(3) The basis for the preparation of acts referred to in subsection (2) above shall be a prior evaluation of occupational and working environment risks that shall be approved by the competent labour inspection authority.

(4) An employer who employs less than 20 employees shall not have the obligation to adopt acts referred to in subsection (2) above.

(5) The employer shall set out in writing instructions to ensure that the work process is carried out in compliance with occupational safety and health regulations.

(6) The employer's instructions shall be posted in conspicuous places easily accessible to the workers to ensure that the instructions are applied.

(7) The Minister of Labour shall determine the conditions to be met by employers in the evaluation of risks, the method, contents and the basic data to be included in the evaluation.

Section 19

(1) An employer who employs up to 50 workers may carry out himself occupational safety and health activity or may designate a safety agent, to be specified in the work contract, to do so, or may enlist and contract a natural person, an institution or a firm authorised in the field of occupational safety and health protection activity.

(2) If it is the employer or its safety agent who carry out the activity referred to in the preceding paragraph they must receive appropriate training for the said activity.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall design training programmes and determine the way the acquired skills are to be tested.

Section 20

(1) An employer who employs more than 50 workers shall employ one or more occupational safety and health specialists in accordance with the number of employees and the evaluated level of risk at the workplace.

(2) For the purposes of this Act the term "occupational safety and health specialist" covers a person employed by the employer to monitor the application of occupational safety and health measures and to provide qualified assistance to the employer, its safety agents and the workers' safety representatives.

(3) The labour inspector may, on the basis of the evaluated risks, order an employer with less than 50 workers to employ an occupational safety and health specialist.

(4) At the request of the employer, the Minister of Labour may exempt the employer from employing an occupational safety and health specialist even if the employer employs more than 50 workers, if the risk evaluation shows that there are no significant safety and health risks. In this case the employer shall carry out prevention and protection activities in accordance with the provisions of Section 19 of this Act.

Section 21

(1) An employer who employs more than 250 employees shall establish an occupational safety and health service in accordance with the number of employees and the risk evaluation.

(2) The employer referred to in subsection (1) above who has plants outside the seat of his establishment shall establish a central occupational safety and health service which shall monitor the application of occupational safety and health measures in the entire establishment, and work on and harmonise the application of occupational safety and health measures.

(3) On the basis of evaluated risks, the labour inspector may order an employer who employs less than 50 workers to establish an occupational safety and health service.

(4) The Minister of Labour may exempt an employer who employs more than 250 workers from establishing an occupational safety and health service if risk evaluations show that there is no major safety and health risk to workers. In this case the employer shall organise occupational safety and health activity in accordance with Section 20 of this Act.

Section 22

(1) The employer shall provide for the occupational safety and health specialist and service appropriate working conditions and the necessary equipment, and shall ensure that the specialist and service are assisted by other personnel, and he shall make accessible all appropriate data to an external occupational specialist or service.

(2) Occupational safety and health specialists shall be fully independent from the employer, his safety agents, the workers and their safety representatives, and shall not be discriminated against when acting in accordance with the provisions of this Act, other occupational safety and health protection and prevention regulations, collective agreements and the rules of their profession.

Section 23

(1) The obligations of occupational safety and health specialists and services are the following, in particular:

(2) Occupational safety and health specialists and services shall propose to the employer, his safety agents, or to the occupational safety and health committee, measures to be undertaken to improve working conditions.

Section 24

The responsibility of the employer shall not be reduced nor shall it be exempted from applying occupational safety and health measures by merely carrying out occupational safety and health activities referred to in Sections 19 through 22 of this Act.

Section 25

The Minister of Labour shall set out the conditions to be met by the occupational safety and health specialists with respect to their level of education and work experience, and he shall establish occupational safety and health training programmes, their contents and the examination procedure.

 

Chapter 3. Training for Safety at Work

Section 26

Employers and their safety agents shall receive training in the occupational safety and health field if they use technologies which may lead to occupational injuries, occupational diseases and other disruptions in the work process and which may entail risk to workers' safety.

Section 27

(1) The employer shall not allow a worker who has not received adequate instructions in safety and health protection to carry out independently work which can pose a danger either to his own or that of other workers' safety and health, unless risk evaluation has shown that there is no such risk.

(2) The employer shall secure supervision of workers who have not received adequate instructions by workers who have received training in the area of occupational safety and health protection.

Section 28

(1) The employer shall provide training in occupational safety and health referred to in the preceding Section before:

(2) Testing in occupational safety and health protection shall be carried out in the workplace.

(3) The employer may establish the obligation of periodic testing in occupational safety and health protection for workers exposed to particular risks or to frequent accidents at work.

(4) The labour inspector may impose the obligation referred to in the preceding subsection and be present during the testing if he or she has reasonable grounds to believe that there should be periodic testing of jobs with particular risks.

Section 29

(1) The employer may itself carry out training programmes in occupational safety and health protection or may enlist a competent institution or firm to do so.

(2) The Minister of Labour shall determine the conditions to be met by the employers, institutions and firms referred to in subsection (1) above and the method of supervision over their work.

Section 30

The employer shall provide occupational safety and health training for workers' safety representatives.

 

Chapter 4. Information on Occupational Health and Safety Protection

Section 31

(1) The employer shall give workers adequate information and written instructions as to the safety and health risks in respect of the work assigned to them.

(2) The employer may give information referred to in the preceding subsection verbally in case of an emergency when there is an imminent danger to the lives and health of workers.

Section 32

(1) The employer shall post information on the elements of work and their installations= safety and general information labels in accordance with respective rules.

(2) If safety labels are not adequate in informing workers, the employer shall keep posted written instructions on the conditions and manner of use of rooms, facilities, material elements of work, dangerous substances and equipment.

Section 33

(1) The employer shall at least once every three months inform workers' safety representatives and the workers' council of the occupational safety and health risks and of the measures he has taken and is to take to promote safety and health protection.

(2) The employer shall be held liable for the obligation referred to in the preceding subsection in particular if there has occurred the death of a worker, a group or serious accident at work, or an occupational disease, and if the competent authority establishes a lapse in the application of safety and health protection regulations.

 

Chapter 5. Assignments having particular working conditions

Section 34

(1) For the purposes of this Act assignments with particular working conditions are jobs which can be carried out only by workers who meet both the general and specific conditions of a work contract such as age, sex, qualifications, health, physical and mental state (hereinafter referred to as "state of health") and psycho-physiological and psychological capabilities (hereinafter referred to as "mental state").

(2) An employer shall not give a worker an assignment with particular working conditions if he has not established that the worker meets the required conditions.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall, in conjunction with the Minister of Health, determine the manner, type and deadlines for examining a worker's capabilities for an assignment with particular working conditions.

Section 35

(1) The employer shall provide the necessary certificate attesting that a worker has the qualifications, state of health and mental state required for an assignment with particular working conditions.

(2) The employer shall recommend a worker on an assignment with particular working conditions for a medical examination in a competent institution or by an occupational medicine specialist who has a private practice, and shall indicate in the referral the type and other relevant data of the assignment for which the worker's capabilities are to be examined.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall, in conjunction with the Minster of Health, determine the items of the referral in the case of an assignment having particular working conditions.

Section 36

(1) It is the duty of the employer to refer again a worker on an assignment having particular working conditions for a medical examination in intervals determined in occupational safety and health regulations or at the recommendation of the occupational medicine specialist who has been advised by a physician to do so.

(2) An employer shall not permit a worker on an assignment having particular working conditions to pursue his or her work if he or she no longer meets the conditions required for the job or if the employer fails to refer the worker for a medical examination at the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (1) above.

Chapter 6. Protection of Young People, Women and Workers with a Reduced Capacity to Work

Section 37

(1) The employer shall ensure, in particular, the occupational safety and health protection of under-age young people, women, and workers with a reduced capacity for work, and shall, in accordance with the law or collective agreements, adopt a general enactment to establish the type of jobs these categories of workers cannot carry out.

(2) For the purpose of this Act, workers with a reduced capacity for work are workers whose capacity for work has been reduced as a result of age, occupational or other diseases, and other factors which shall be determined by separate collective agreements or an employer's general enactment.

Section 38

The protection of women at work shall be carried out in accordance with the Labour Act.

Section 39

(1) During pregnancy a woman shall not be assigned, in particular, to the job of a fireman; to work involving heights, an inappropriate microclimate, noise and vibration, high atmospheric pressure, exposure to ionisation and microwave radiation, lead vapours and its inorganic compounds, lead-tetra-ethyl, mercury vapour and mercury compounds dust, dust and manganese vapour and its compounds, uranium and its compounds, fluor and its compounds, tetra-carbon-sulphides, halogen derivatives of hydrocarbons, benzene, chemical and other substances used in the manufacture and processing of artificial resins and plastic materials, pesticides based on chlorinated hydrocarbons, and biological agents, in particular the following viruses: B hepatitis, cytomegalo, varicella, rubella, AIDS virus, and the following bacteria: listeria, toxoplasms.

(2) When nursing a woman shall not, in particular, carry out work that may expose her to lead dust, emissions and vapour of lead and its compounds, halogen derivatives of hydrocarbons and pesticides based on chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Section 40

Under age young people may not work on assignments having particular working conditions and in night shifts unless otherwise regulated by the Labour Act.

Section 41

A worker with a reduced capacity for work may not carry out work which could further incapacitate him.

Chapter 7. Use of Buildings for Work, Machinery and Appliances, Individual Protective Health and Safety Devices and Equipment, and the Work Process

Section 42

(1) The employer shall ensure the maintenance of buildings for work to prevent safety and health hazards, and shall inspect certain kinds of installations at intervals to be established by technical regulations.

(2) If there occur changes that endanger the safety and health of workers, the employer shall interrupt work in the buildings for work.

Section 43

(1) When safety and health risks cannot be eliminated or minimised to a reasonable level by the application of regulations on the material elements of work or by organisational measures, the employer shall provide the appropriate means of protection and shall ensure that the workers use them in the course of work.

(2) The employer shall ensure that the machinery, equipment and individual protective health and safety devices and equipment function at all times.

(3) The employer shall not put into use machinery, equipment and individual protective devices and equipment if they have not been manufactured in compliance with the safety and health protection regulations or if they are faulty.

(4) The employer shall interrupt the use of machinery, equipment and individual protective devices and equipment if there occur changes which may endanger the safety and health of workers.

Section 44

(1) The employer shall plan, prepare and implement the work process in a manner to ensure the highest possible level of protection of workers and the environment. To this effect, the employer shall prepare a technology of work which shall include safety measures and shall draw up instructions in the Croatian language on its organisational, technical and other specific features.

(2) The employer shall ensure that the work process is prepared and organised in such a way so as not to endanger the safety and health of workers.

(3) In the preparation of work processes account must be taken of the state of technology, occupational medicine, ergonomic and other scientific and specialised knowledge so as to ensure that there are working conditions which do not endanger the safety and health of workers.

(4) The employer shall organise the work process in a way to alleviate to the greatest possible extent monotonous work, uneven workloads, work at a set pace, work at a predetermined work-rate and piece-rate.

Chapter 8. Dangerous Substances in the Workplace

Section 45

(1) It is the duty of the employer to continuously promote occupational safety and health protection by applying less dangerous technologies, work methods and substances.

(2) The employer who uses or processes dangerous substances shall apply safety and health protection regulations in accordance with the manufacturer's regulations and instructions and shall ensure that these substances are permanently and appropriately labelled.

Section 46

(1) It is the duty of the employer to evaluate the level of risk the dangerous substances used in the course of work present (health risks, explosives, inflammables) and to lay down appropriate regulations on occupational safety and health and working environment protection.

(2) Dangerous substances can be used only if the same work output cannot be achieved with other non- dangerous substances.

(3) If it is not possible to replace dangerous substances with non-dangerous or less dangerous substances, the employer shall determine whether the risks involved in the use of dangerous substances may be reduced if a different work method is to be applied.

Section 47

If the employer uses dangerous substances in the work process, he shall apply safety and health protection regulations in the following order:

Section 48

(1) The employer shall ensure that the concentration of dangerous substances, such as gases, vapour and aerosols at the workplace and its facilities is at its reasonable minimum and that it is constantly below the maximum permissible level of concentration.

(2) If it is established by measurement that the concentration of dangerous substances is above the maximum permissible level of concentration, the employer shall immediately,

Section 49

(1) The employer shall ensure that dangerous substances are packed and labelled in a manner which shall not render them dangerous in the process of their application to the safety and health of workers.

(2) The employer shall ensure the availability of information on the danger posed by the use of dangerous substances and on the appropriate protection regulations.

(3) The employer shall ensure the implementation of appropriate protective and preventive measures when storing dangerous substances.

 

Chapter 9. Inspection of the Working Environment and of High Risk Machinery and Applicances

Section 50

(1) The employer shall inspect workrooms where the work process:

(2) The employer shall, referring to the second and fifth clauses above, inspect the working environment inside and outside the workrooms.

(3) Unless otherwise stipulated, the employer shall carry out the inspection referred to in subsection (1) above within the determined time intervals but not past two years.

(4) Notwithstanding the above, inspection shall be repeated the moment a situation so requires, or if the working environment changes from that which the inspection last recorded.

Section 51

The employer shall regularly inspect all machinery, appliances and individual protective devices and equipment which are in use in order to determine whether safety and health protection regulations are applied and whether the changes caused by regular usage entail danger to the safety and health of workers.

Section 52

(1) The employer shall inspect high risk machinery and appliances as laid down in regulations in the following situations:

(2) The term high risk machinery and appliances referred to in subsection (1) cover the following in particular: cranes of a capacity over 10 KN, loading hoists, industrial conveyors, indoor mechanically powered transport vehicles, machines for processing lumber, metal and similar material, mechanical and hydraulic presses, loading ramps, compressors, centrifuges, pressure chambers, central heating boilers, gas and hot water tanks, machinery and appliances with pressure cylinders and other high risk machinery and appliances entailing danger to the safety and health of workers.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall draw up a list of high risk machinery and appliances referred to in the preceding subsection.

Section 53

(1) Upon inspection referred to in Sections 50 and 52 of this Act, a report shall be drawn up and appropriate certificates shall be issued.

(2) The Minister of Labour shall determine under which conditions inspection may be carried out by the employer, the competent institution or firm, and the inspection procedure, the contents, form and manner of issuing of certificates.

Section 54

(1) The labour inspector is authorised to order the inspection of installations in the workplace when there is reasonable doubt that such an inspection is necessary for the protection of workers.

(2) The labour inspector is authorised to order the inspection of the working environment and high risk machinery and appliances outside the appointed time intervals if he has reasonable doubt that the inspection is necessary for the safety and health protection of workers, in particular if there is an occurrence of an occupational disease.

(3) At the request of workers, workers' safety representatives or if he has reasonable doubt that the conditions do not meet the standards set out in the safety and health at work regulations, the labour inspector may order an inspection of workrooms and work space outside the workstations where the working environment is not affected by the work process.

Chapter 10. Temporary and Joint Temporary Construction Sites

Section 55

(1) Employers in construction, erection, forestry, or shipbuilding work, shall clear and prepare the land of the construction site and ensure that the work is being carried out in compliance with occupational safety and health protection at work regulations before the commencement of work on a temporary construction site.

(2) The Minister of Labour shall determine the plan for land clearing and earth moving on a construction site.

Section 56

(1) Employers referred to in the preceding Section shall inform and transmit the plan for land clearing and earth moving on a construction site at the latest eight days before the commencement of work on the temporary construction site.

(2) The information referred to in subsection (1) above must contain data on the exact location of the construction site, the type of work to be carried out, the number of workers and safety agents, and the foreseen duration of work.

(3) The employer shall not be required to either inform or transmit or draw up the plan for land clearing and earth moving on a temporary construction site if the work shall take up to five days.

Section 57

(1) If there are more employers on a joint construction site, each employer shall apply safety and health protection measures for the protection of his workers and shall organise the work process and ensure that work is carried out in such a way that his workers in the course of work do not endanger the safety and health of workers of other employers.

(2) The employers shall agree to carry out work alternatively if, due to the type of work process involved, work cannot be carried out as stated in subsection (1) above..

(3) Safety and health protection at work on a joint construction site shall be provided for in an agreement made between the principal contractor responsible for work co-ordination and the other contractors, and this agreement shall cover all the basic elements of protection and, in particular, the description of the work, the protective measures to be taken appropriate to the inherent dangers, the obligations and competencies of the responsible persons, and so forth.

(4) The principal contractor shall co-ordinate with the other contractors the safety and health protection regulations in accordance with the provisions of subsections (1), (2) and (3) above.

Section 58

The employer shall keep records on the construction site of worker=s qualifications, registers showing that workers meet the conditions for carrying out work having particular working conditions, certificates on the inspection of high risk machinery and appliances and other certificates required for carrying out work.

Chapter 11. Fire Fighting and Evacuation

Section 59

Taking into consideration the technological process, the substances used, the work process, the storage of substances and the size of buildings, the employer shall take measures aimed at preventing fires and, if a fire does occur, at minimising the dangers to the safety and health of workers.

Section 60

(1) Taking into consideration the nature of the work process, the employer shall organise and secure evacuation in case of an unexpected event which may endanger the safety and health of workers (natural disasters, fires, explosions, discharge of dangerous substances above the maximum permissible quantity, and so forth) and shall provide training for persons who shall be in charge of evacuation.

(2) The employer shall provide the necessary protective devices and equipment to persons in charge of evacuation.

Section 61

(1) The employer shall draw up an evacuation plan in case of an unexpected event and shall inform all workers thereof.

(2) Exercises based on this plan shall be carried out at least once every two years.

(3) It shall be considered that the employer has met his obligation with respect to drawing up an evacuation plan if the plan is based on other regulations and if it covers situations referred to in subsection (1) of Section 60 of this Act.

 

Chapter 12. First-Aid and Medical Assistance

Section 62.

(1) The employer shall organise and secure first-aid assistance to workers in case of work injuries or sudden illnesses up to their admission to a health institution.

(2) On every construction site or workplace with up to 20 workers working simultaneously, one of the workers shall be designated to undergo training in first-aid assistance and, for each additional 50 workers, one more worker shall be designated for first-aid training.

(3) Persons designated to provide first-aid assistance shall have at their disposal appropriate equipment.

(4) The Minister of Labour and the Minister of Health shall jointly determine the kind and quantity of medical material required.

 

Chapter 13. Protection of Non-Smokers, and Prohibition of Alchohol and other Addicitive Substances

Section 63

(1) The employer shall take adequate measures to protect non-smokers from tobacco smoke.

(2) Smoking during meetings shall be prohibited.

(3) Smoking in workrooms and work space shall be prohibited except in those areas where the employer determines otherwise and where it shall post signs indicating that smoking is allowed.

Section 64

(1) The consumption of alcohol and other addictive substances before and during the course of work is prohibited as well as the bringing into workrooms and the work space the aforementioned substances.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, if appropriate methods for measuring the level of alcohol show that a person has more than 0.5 g/Kg of alcohol in his or her bloodstream, it shall be considered that this person is under the influence of alcohol.

(3) For the purposes of this Act, addictive substances are all those substances that affect the physical and mental state of the worker in such a way as to present a danger to his safety and that of persons who are in contact with him in the course of work (drugs, medicaments, and so forth).

Section 65

(1) The employer shall temporarily dismiss a worker who is under the influence of alcohol or other addictive substances.

(2) An alcoholmeter or other appropriate means of measuring or apparatus shall be used to detect if a worker is under the influence of alcohol or other addictive substances.

(3) If a worker refuses to undergo a test he shall be considered to be under the influence of alcohol.

(4) If a worker refuses to leave the workplace he shall be forced to do so by the competent security officer at the demand of the employer.

 

Chapter 14. Safety and Health Committee

Section 66

(1) A safety and health committee shall be established as an advisory body to the employer if the employer employs fifty or more workers.

(2) The employer shall lay down in a general act the procedure for the election of committee members.

Section 67

(1) The members of the committee shall be the employer or his safety agent, the person in charge of the safety and health protection section or the occupational safety and health specialist, the occupational medicine specialist, and the workers' safety representatives or their co-ordinator.

(2) The employer or his safety agent shall chair the committee.

Section 68

(1) The committee shall meet at least once every three months.

(2) The chairman of the committee shall invite labour inspectors to attend the committee meetings and each labour inspector shall, at each invitation, assess whether it is indispensable for him to attend the meeting.

(3) The workers' safety representative and the workers' council member shall have the right to promote the work of the Committee.

(4) The committee shall plan and supervise the implementation of safety and health protection, the policy of occupational accidents and disease prevention, and shall continually promote safety and health protection and prevention.

 

Chapter 15. Workers= Representatives for Occupational Safety and Health Protection

Section 69

(1) When an employer employs twenty or more workers, it shall be compulsory for the workers to elect and appoint their representative for occupational safety and health protection.

(2) The election, appointment, and the number of safety representatives to be elected shall be carried out in compliance with the provisions of the Labour Act concerning workers' council regulations.

(3) A representative shall be elected in every place, regardless of the number of workers, where the working conditions so require (high safety and health risks, work in isolated places, and so forth).

(4) The workers' safety representative shall be elected for the duration of the collective agreement. A representative may be re-elected.

(5) If, in compliance with regulation, more safety representatives are elected in one workplace, they shall appoint their co-ordinator.

(6) The same person may simultaneously be a workers' and a trade union representative for occupational safety and health protection, if all the workers with one employer are members of the same trade union.

Section 70

(1) It is the duty of the safety representative to act in the interest of the workers in the field of safety and health protection at the workplace and to supervise the implementation of regulations and measures which have been ordered for the workplace that he or she has been elected to represent.

(2) The safety representative shall, in addition, have the following rights and duties:

(3) The safety representative shall inform the workers= council of his activities at least once every three months.

(4) An employer shall not hinder a safety representative from conducting his activity, and he shall transmit all the necessary information and give access to the representative to all the regulations and documents in connection with safety and health at the workplace, and shall not, for the duration of the representative's mandate and without the consent of the workers' council, assign him to another job or employer, suspend his work contract, reduce his wages or in any other way discriminate against him, nor shall he commence court proceedings for compensation of damage if a safety representative has acted in accordance with his competencies.

(5) The conditions for a safety representative's unimpeded activity shall be regulated in more detail by the collective agreement, in particular with respect to the hours of work during which the safety representative has the right to carry out his duty, the right to compensation of wages, the right to be absent for training purposes (courses, seminars, meeting, and so forth), the right to have access to all work places workstations and so forth.

(6) If the conditions referred to in subsection (5) above are not regulated in the collective agreement, the Minister of Labour, at the proposal of a person who may be party to the collective agreement, may regulate the aforementioned conditions in a book of regulations while keeping in mind the type of activity, the level of risks and the number of workers involved.

 

Chapter 16. Obligations toward Supervisory Bodies

Section 71

(1) At the request of the labour inspector for supervisory purposes, the employer shall give the inspector all the information and data he or she requires.

(2) The employer shall enable the labour inspector, for the purposes of his or her supervision, to determine the facts necessary for the evaluation of whether the implementation of safety and health measures complies with regulation.

(3) The employer shall designate its safety agent who shall co-operate with the labour inspector in the determination of facts, in providing information, in ensuring access to documents and in proposing ways of recuperating appropriate evidence.

(4) The employer shall inform the labour inspectorate of the application or of the reasons for the non-application of a labour inspector's notice within eight days of the day determined in the inspector's notice.

Section 72

(1) The employer shall inform the labour inspectorate of a death of a worker, serious injury or injury to a group (two or more workers) immediately upon their occurrence, and at the latest 48 hours after the event it shall transmit to the labour inspectorate a written report in accordance with regulation.

(2) The employer shall inform the labour inspectorate of cases of occupational diseases immediately after the competent body confirms that they have occured.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall determine the content of the report referred to in this Section.

 

Chapter 17. Obligations of Employers and Employers= Safety Agents in the Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Protective and Preventive Measures

Section 73

If the employer is not itself in charge of applying occupational safety and health protection regulations, it shall authorise its safety agents to do so and, within this scope of activity, to ensure the application of this Act and other occupational safety and health regulations, and in particular:

 

Chapter 18. Certificates and Records

Section 74

(1) The employer shall keep:

(2) The employer shall keep records on the following:

Section 75

(1) The employer shall keep books on monitoring where the decisions of the following persons shall be recorded:

(2) The employer shall transmit to the labour inspectorate annual reports on accidents or cases of occupational diseases, if such accidents and/or cases of occupational diseases have occurred.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall determine the method and manner in which the certificates and records referred to in the preceding Section, and the contents and manner in which books on monitoring are kept, and the content and deadline for the transmission of annual reports on accidents at work and cases of occupational diseases.

PART III. WORKERS' RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Section 76

(1) It is the duty of the worker to follow a training programme on safety at work when designated to do so by the employer.

(2) Prior to being assigned to work with particular working conditions and while carrying out this work, the worker shall undergo medical examinations at the request of the employer.

(3) Prior to being assigned to the job referred to in subsection (2) above and while carrying out this job, the worker shall inform the physician about a disease or other condition which incapacitates or prevents him or her from carrying out obligations set out in the work contract or which endanger the life or health of other workers.

Section 77

(1) The worker shall carry out his duties with reasonable care in accordance with occupational safety and health regulations provided for by the regulations of this Act, the regulations based on it, the instructions of employers, of his safety agents and the manufacturers of machinery, appliances, individual protective devices and equipment and dangerous substances.

(2) The worker shall use in the course of work individual protective devices and equipment as regulated.

(3) It shall be considered that a worker is working with reasonable care when in the course of work he or she follows the following procedure:

Section 78

(1) The worker shall collaborate with the employer and its safety agent and with workers' safety representatives in finding solutions to all questions with respect to safety and health at work.

(2) The worker shall immediately inform the employer or its safety agent or the workers' safety representative of every matter that it reasonably believes presents an imminent danger to safety and health, and of any kind of lapse in the safety and health regulations.

Section 79

(1) The worker must be informed of all the changes in the work process which concern his or her safety and health and physical well-being.

(2) A worker has the right to refuse work if there is an imminent danger to his life and health due to the non-application of safety and health regulations.

(3) The worker shall inform the employer or its safety agent and the workers' safety representative of the conditions referred to in the preceding subsection.

(4) With respect to conditions referred to in subsection (2) above, the employer or its safety agent, or the worker or his or her safety representative shall immediately inform thereof the labour inspector who shall, within 48 hours, establish the facts and the justification of the worker's claims.

(5) The rights of the worker with respect to the application of the provisions referred to in subsection (2) of this Section are provided for in the Labour Act.

PART IV. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ACTIVITY

Chapter 1. Occupational Safety and Health Protection and Prevention Education and Training

Section 80

(1) Primary school curricula shall cover the basic rules of occupational safety and health protection.

(2) High school curricula and training programmes for new skills, for specific jobs and higher qualifications shall also cover specific rules of safety and health protection at work in a scope appropriate to the new skill, specific job and higher qualification for which the training is being conducted.

(3) Advanced education and university curricula shall cover specialised programmes in the area of safety and health protection and prevention at work in a scope appropriate to the requirements of the studies, stream, and/or discipline.

(4) The Minister of Education and Sports, in conjunction with and at the recommendation of the Minister of Labour, shall draw up "the basic contents of the programmes referred to in subsections (1) to (3) above.

 

Chapter 2. Occupational Medicine Service

Section 81

(1) The employer shall provide occupational medicine services to his workers to ensure appropriate health monitoring in respect of occupational safety and health risks.

(2) The employer may designate a health institution with an occupational medicine service, or an occupational medicine specialist with a private practice to carry out occupational medicine activity.

(3) The employer shall ensure access to all workrooms and work space to occupational medicine officials.

(4) The occupational medicine service shall collaborate with all the other employer's services.

(5) Occupational medicine officials are fully professionally independent of the employer, its safety agents, the workers and their safety representatives.

Section 82

The duties of occupational medicine services are, in particular:

Section 83

(1) The employer, the safety agent, the workers and their representatives shall inform the occupational medicine service of all the factors at the workplace and working environment of which they are aware of or suspect that they may endanger the health of the workers.

(2) The occupational medicine service must be informed on the frequency of diseases among the workers and on absenteeism due to health reasons in order to be able to establish if there is a link between the diseases or absenteeism and the recorded health risks at the workplace.

(3) The occupational medicine service must inform the monitoring body of all cases for which there is reasonable belief that they are occupational diseases.

Section 84

When the provisions of this Act require that a worker meet special health conditions in order to carry out a specific job, the competent occupational safety and health protection institution or occupational medicine specialist with a private practice shall issue a certificate attesting the aforesaid.

Section 85

The mental capabilities of a worker shall be attested in a certificate issued by a health institution carrying out, in compliance with health regulations, occupational medicine activity or by an occupational medicine specialist with a private practice upon consultation with a psychologist.

Section 86

At the recommendation of the labour inspection authority, the competent body established by health care regulations shall order the monitoring of the officials or health institution which issued a certificate attesting the mental capabilities and state of health of a worker for carrying out work with particular working conditions.

 

Chapter 3. Occupational Safety and Health Institutions and Firms

Section 87

Certain activities related to the implementation and promotion of safety and health of workers are carried out by the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Protection within the Ministry for Labour and Social Policy and by other institutions and firms where the aforementioned activity is an integral part of their overall activity.

Section 88

The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Protection is established within the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy with the objective to follow up on and to promote occupational safety and health protection.

Section 89

(1) The duties of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are, in particular:

(2) The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Protection shall provide professional assistance to employers, trade unions, institutions and firms and natural persons authorised in the field of occupational safety and health and shall transmit to the public authorities data in the area of their respective activities.

(3) The duties of the Institute in promoting occupational safety and health are, in particular:

Section 90

The activity of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Protection shall be financed from the state budget.

Section 91

(1) At the request of the employer, competent institutions and firms registered for activity in the field of occupational safety and health may prepare risk evaluations (Section 18), carry out training in safety at work (Section 27), inspect high risk machinery and appliances (Section 52) and the working environment (Section 50), and issue certificates on the conducted inspection and research (Section 53).

(2) The legal persons referred to in the preceding subsection may be authorised by the competent labour inspection body to participate in the inspection procedure for obtaining a building permit (Section 94) and in the technical inspection of a building constructed for work (Section 95).

(3) The legal persons referred to in subsection (1) may, at the demand of manufacturers, and/or importers, inspect machinery and appliances, individual protective devices and equipment, and issue certificates attesting that the aforementioned have been manufactured in compliance with international conventions, occupational safety and health regulations and the respective standards.

(4) The Minister of Labour shall determine under which conditions legal persons registered for occupational safety and health activity may carry out the activities referred to in subsection (1) above (level of workers' qualifications, working experience, occupational safety and health experience, required equipment).

Section 92

(1) Certain occupational safety and health activities of an employer may be carried out by a natural person authorised to carry out occupational safety and health activities.

(2) The Minister of Labour shall determine which activities and under which conditions a natural person may be authorised to carry out occupational safety and health activities.

PART V. ERECTION OF BUILDINGS FOR WORK, MANUFACTURE OF MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES AND INDIVIDUAL PROTECTIVE SAFETY AND HEALTH DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Chapter 1. Planning and Construction of Buildings for Work

Section 93

(1) In drawing up plans of buildings for work, the architect shall apply to the principal plan the appropriate occupational safety and health regulations.

(2) The architect shall, in annex to the principal plan, lay down the technical solutions for the application of occupational safety and health regulations.

(3) The annex on technical solutions shall cover, in particular:

(4) After examination of the technical documentation, the architect shall confirm in writing that the principal plan contains technical solutions appropriate to occupational safety and health protection regulations.

Section 94

(1) After having examined the principal plan, if the plan contains appropriate occupational safety and health regulations, the labour inspectorate, or its authorised expert representative, shall issue an attestation thereof.

(2) The body authorised to issue a building permit for a building for work, shall not issue the said permit before the labour inspectorate, or its authorised expert representatives, have established that the documentation of the plan contains appropriate occupational safety and health regulations.

(3) The labour inspectorate, or its authorised expert representative, in its examination of the documentation, shall particularly closely examine the method of work and the dangerous substances used, processed and discharged which may entail dangers to the working and living environment.

(4) The labour inspectorate may, in certain cases, authorise a specialised institution or firm, to participate in the examination of the plan to see that it contains appropriate occupational safety and health regulations.

Section 95

(1) The labour inspectorate, or its authorised expert representative, participates in the technical inspection of a constructed building for work.

(2) If the labour inspectorate, or its authorised expert representative, upon its inspection has assessed that the building does not comply with the principal plan and/or with the occupational safety and health protection regulations particularly with respect to the methods of work and substances which may entail dangers to the working and living environment, then the body authorised for issuing the operational permit shall not issue the said permit.

(3) In certain cases, the labour inspectorate may authorise a specialised institution or firm to participate in the technical inspection of a constructed building for work.

Section 96

(1) The Minister of Labour shall determine the type of building for work for which the labour inspectorate shall participate in the procedure aimed at establishing that the principal plan contains appropriate occupational safety and health protection regulations and in the technical inspection procedure of a constructed building for work.

(2) The Minister of Labour shall determine the conditions under which the labour inspectorate may designate a specialised institution, firm, or natural person to participate, in its place, in the procedure aimed at establishing that the principal plan contains the appropriate occupational safety and health protection regulations and in the technical inspection procedure (Section 95), and shall determine the conditions specialised institutions, firms or natural persons have to meet to carry out the duties set out in Sections 94 and 95 of this Act.

 

Chapter 2. Design, Manufacture and Import of Machinery, Appliance and Individual Protective Safety and Health Devices and Equipment

Section 97

When designing machinery and equipment, the designer or constructor shall apply occupational safety and health regulations and take into consideration, in his design, ergonomic principles.

Section 98

(1) Manufacturers of machinery and equipment shall produce them in conformity with occupational safety regulations in order to prevent or reduce as much as possible any danger and risk in their use.

(2) The manufacturer shall obtain a certificate from a competent institution or firm attesting that a machine, appliance or device has been manufactured in accordance with occupational safety and health protection regulations, unless the Act stipulates that the machine, appliance or device can be put into use on the basis of a permit issued by an authorised body or on the basis of any other certificate.

Section 99

(1) The manufacturer of high risk machinery and appliances shall, apart from the obligation referred to in the preceding Section, issue technical specifications and instructions for their use in accordance with legal provisions.

(2) The importer or the supplier of imported high risk machinery and appliances shall secure the specifications and instructions referred to in subsection (1) of this Section in the Croatian language and shall obtain from the authorised institution or firm a certificate attesting that the machinery and/or appliance has been manufactured in compliance with international conventions, foreign regulations, and/or standards in the field of occupational safety and health protection.

(3) Certificates issued abroad shall be recognised under conditions regulated by the law.

(4) The Minister of Labour shall determine the manner in which machinery and appliances are to be examined and the manner in which certificates are to be issued in respect of occupational safety and health regulations.

Section 100

(1) The manufacturer of individual protective devices and equipment shall apply occupational safety and health regulations in the manufacturing thereof.

(2) The manufacturer of individual protective devices and equipment shall obtain a certificate from a competent institution or firm attesting that the individual protective devices or equipment have been manufactured in compliance with occupational safety and health protection regulations, unless the law stipulates that the device or equipment can be put into use on the basis of a certificate issued by an authorised body or on the basis of any other certificate.

(3) The Minister of Labour shall determine the manner in which the newly manufactured individual protective devices or equipment are to be examined and the manner in which certificates are to be issued with respect to occupational safety and health protection regulations.

Section 101

(1) The manufacturer of individual protective devices and equipment shall issue, as documentation accompanying the device or equipment, technical specifications and instructions for their use in accordance with legal provisions.

(2) The importer or the supplier of imported individual protective devices and equipment shall secure the specifications and instructions referred to in subsection (1) above in the Croatian language and shall obtain from the authorised institution or firm a certificate stating that the device or equipment has been manufactured in compliance with international conventions, foreign regulations, and/or standards in the field of occupational safety and health protection.

(3) Certificates issued abroad shall be recognised under conditions stipulated by the law.

 

PART VI. SURVEILLANCE

Section 102

Surveillance over the implementation of the provisions of this Act, the regulations based on it and occupational safety and health protection regulations, shall be carried out by the labour inspection administrative bodies, unless the law stipulates that the monitoring of the implementation of these regulations for certain activities be carried out by other bodies.

 

PART VII. PENALTY PROVISIONS

Section 103

(1) A firm shall be liable to a fine from 20,000 to 90,000 kunas for the commercial offence of failure:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall also be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the commercial offence referred to in subsection (1) above.

Section 104

(1) A manufacturer shall be liable to a fine from 20,000 to 90,000 kunas for the commercial offence of failure:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall also be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the commercial offence referred to in subsection (1) above.

Section 105

(1) An importer or supplier shall be liable to a fine from 20,000 to 90,000 kunas for the commercial offence of failure:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall also be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the commercial offence referred to in subsection (1) above.

Section 106

(1) Liable to a commercial offence fine of 20,000 to 90,000 kunas shall be:

- an institution or firm authorised for occupational safety and health protection activity if it contravenes any provision of or regulation based on this Act (Section 91, subsection (4)).

(2) If an occupational safety and health institution or firm is to repeat the offence referred to in subsection (1) above, it shall be prohibited from carrying out its activity for a period of six months, and if it repeats the said offence for a third time, apart from the fine, its authorisation for carrying out occupational safety and health activity shall be withdrawn.

(3) The responsible person of the legal person shall also be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the commercial offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

Section 107

(1) Liable to a commercial offence fine of 20,000 to 90,000 kunas shall be:

- an occupational safety and health institution or firm which is carrying out its activity without a proper authorisation, or if it does not meet the conditions laid down by regulation (Section 91, subsection(4)).

(2) An occupational safety and health institution or firm shall also be punished with a permanent withdrawal of authorisation for carrying out its work for the offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

(3) The responsible person of the legal person shall also be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the commercial offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

Section 108

(1) An employer shall be liable to a fine of 10,000 to 40,000 kunas if it:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

(3) If the offence is repeated, the employer and the responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine of twice the amount.

Section 109

(1) An employer shall be liable to a fine of 10,000 to 40,000 kunas if it:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine from 5,000 to 15,000 kunas for the offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

(3) If the offence is repeated, the employer and the responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine of twice the amount.

Section 110

(1) An employer shall be liable to a fine of 10,000 to 20,000 kunas if he:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine from 3,000 to 10,000 kunas for the offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

(3) If the offence is repeated, the employer and the responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine of twice the amount.

Section 111

(1) An employer shall be liable to a fine of 10,000 to 20,000 kunas if it:

(2) The responsible person of the legal person shall be liable to a fine from 3,000 to 10,000 kunas for the offence referred to in subsection (1) of this Section.

Section 112

A worker shall be liable to a fine on the spot of 100 to 300 kunas if he or she:

 

PART VIII. TRANSITORY AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Section 113

(1) If this Act designates a minister to adopt regulations for the implementation of this Act, the designated minister shall adopt the aforesaid regulations within one year following the day this Act enters into force.

(2) Regulations which entered into force in compliance with the Act on Safety and Health Protection at Work {Narodne novine, Nos.: 19/83, 17/86, 46/92, 26/93 and 29/94) and which do not contravene the provisions of this Act, shall be applied up to the day the regulations referred to in subsection (1) of this Section enter into force.

Section 114

(1) The provisions of regulations adopted in accordance with Section 52 of the Basic Act on Safety and Health Protection at Work (Narodne novine, nos.: 52/71 and 52/73) and the provisions of regulations laid down in Section 125 of the aforesaid Act, and which have been in force up to the day the Act on Safety and Health Protection at Work (Narodne novine, no.: 54/74) entered into force, shall be applied as legal rules if they do not contravene the laws of the Republic of Croatia and the regulations adopted in accordance with the law.

(2) The legal rules shall be applied up to the day of entering into force of the regulations which shall be adopted, within the appointed time laid down in Section 113, subsection (1) of this Act, by the minister authorised to do so by this Act.

Section 115

(1) The Minister of Labour shall provide for the method for carrying out and the contents of risk evaluation referred to in Section 18 of this Act within three months following the entering into force of this Act.

(2) Employers who are authorised to carry out risk evaluation and have done so in compliance with the provisions of the Act on Safety and Health Protection at Work (Narodne novlne, nos.: 19/83, 17/86, 46/92, 26/93 and 29/94) may submit the aforesaid evaluation, with indications as to what regulations they are based on, for approval to the labour inspectorate immediately on the entering into force of regulations referred to in subsection (1) of this Section, if the evaluations and the regulations they are based on contain and provide all the appropriate data.

(3) Employers who have not drawn up a risk evaluation shall do so and shall submit the evaluation and the regulations it is based on for approval to the labour inspectorate within three months following the day the regulations referred to in subsection (1) of this Section enter into force.

Section 116

(1) Employers shall ensure that their general acts comply with the provisions of this Act and with the approved risk evaluation within three months following the day of approval of the risk evaluation, or at the latest within one year following the day of the entering into force of this Act.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions referred to in the preceding subsection, employers shall apply the provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of this Act at the latest within one year following the day of the entering into force of this Act.

Section 117

Procedures that have been undertaken before the entering into force of this Act shall be terminated in compliance with the regulations under which the procedures were initiated.

Section 118

The Government of the Republic of Croatia shall establish a National Council for Occupational Safety and Health referred to in Section 3, subsection (2) of this Act within six months following the entering into force of this Act.

Section 119

If institutions and/or firms have been authorised by the competent state administrative body to carry out occupational safety and health activity up to the adoption of regulations referred to in Section 116, subsection (2) of this Act, then it shall be considered that the aforesaid institutions and/or firms meet the conditions laid down by regulation to carry out the said activities.

Section 120

The Act on Safety and Health Protection at Work (Narodne novine, nos.: 19/83, 17/86, 46/92, 26/93 and 29/94) shall no longer be in force as of the day this Act enters into force.

Section 121

This Act shall enter into force on the eighth day of the day of its publication in the Narodne novine and shall be implemented as of 1 January 1997.



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