New Draft in Work Safety Law to Bring in More Punishement to Violators
A newly drafted amendment to the planned workplace safety law is said to possible increase the punishments that companies will be getting for violating regulations. The amendment is part of the government’s latest effort in improving working conditions of workers.
Also among the new rules is a draft that proposed that companies will be subjected to fines of up to a million yuan if they are caught using uncertified safety equipment especially in the high risks industries. The draft is also brought up by the State Administration of Work Safety that was already reviewed for the first round by legislators during their bi monthly sessions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The draft usually undergoes three rounds of reviews before adopted.
Based on the drafted rule, the work safety authorities will be creating a database of infractions that are caused by companies and offenders that will implement restrictions on investment, bank services and land use. Once a company doesn’t comply with the regulations, authority can cut electricity supply and will force to carry out work safety duties. Emergency teams will be established in key industries to further improve response to accidents on the work place.
The current work safety law that was formulated in 2002, needs improvement as supervision was not effective enough and serious accidents remains still. The amendment will provide a more effective and legal protection of workers.