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New rules related to the health of workers at work

SLOVENIA – The Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities has— by the consent of the Minister of Health and pursuant to Art. 184 of the Employment Relationships Act (ERA-1)—passed the following two new Rules related to the health of workers at work:

Rules on the protection of health at work of children, adolescents and young persons (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 62/2015, 28.8.2015) and rules on the protection of health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are nursing (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 62/2015, 28.8.2015). They have replaced the rules under the same titles from 2003 (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 82/03).

New rules on the protection of health at work of children, adolescents and young persons were passed in accordance with Directive 2014/27/EU amending Directives 92/58/EC, 92/85/EEC, 94/33/EC, 98/24/EC and Directive 2004/37/EC, to align them with Regulation 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and with Directive 2007/30/EC amending Directive 89/391/EC, its individual Directives and Council Directives 83/477/EC, 91/383/EC, 92/29/EC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation, amended by Directive 2013/35/EU on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from agents (electromagnetic fields) (20th individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) and repealing Directive 2004/40/EC. In comparison to the rules from 2003, it contains completed/more detailed provisions regarding, e.g., work that should not be considered light work and the prohibition of exposure to physical, chemical and biological agents.

Rules on the protection of health at work of pregnant workers and of workers who have recently given birth or are nursing were passed to transpose Directive 2014/27/EU amending Directives 92/58/EC, 92/85/EEC, 94/33/EC, 98/24/EC and Directive 2004/37/EC into national law to align them to Regulation 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, and Directive 2007/30/EC amending Directive 89/391/EEC, its individual Directives and Directives 83/477/EEC, 91/383/EEC, 92/29/EEC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation, amended by Directive 2013/35/EU on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields) (20th individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) and repealing Directive 2004/40/EC. Like in the previous case, these rules, too, contain completed and /or more precise provisions regarding the agents that pregnant workers, workers who have recently given birth or are nursing are prohibited from being exposed to.