Russia’s Health and Social Development Ministry was granted additional powers in promoting occupational safety and health, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the government’s presidium on November 14.
The head of government noted that the ministry will get the right to set the rules for risk assessment at the workplace as well as to develop the list of events focusing on the improvement of occupational safety and health.
“I pay your attention to the fact that this work should be carried out in close cooperation with employers and trade unions, taking into consideration their opinion and their vision of the problem,” Putin said.
He underlined that the improvement of working conditions is the policy that is mainly conducted in the interests of citizens. It is targeted at improving occupational safety, reducing occupational risks, creating modern and qualitative jobs, therefore the feedback from trade unions and businesses is especially important. The government gives special focus to occupational safety and health in the manufacturing industry, Putin said.
He reiterated that last summer the government introduced amendments to the Labour Code that increased employers’ responsibility for non-observance of the safety rules.
“The government’s task is to introduce such occupational risk assessment and management system that would meet the highest international standards, standards of the International Labour Organization and leading European countries,” Putin said.
He added that at the same time it is important to ensure effective and proper use of funds extended for occupational safety and health promotion.