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Sun Legal Update: New Safety Rules Aim to Raise Thai Workplaces to Int’l Standards

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New, more-detailed requirements are being issued under the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Act of 2011 after the previous ones were found to not detail each component of the safety systems required for workplaces and failed to be effective. The new laws went into effect June 10.

Those affected are required to be certified by one of the following:

  • Thai Industrial Standards Institute
  • International Standardization for Organization
  • International Labour Organization
  • British Standards Institution
  • American National Standards Institute
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the U.S. Labor Department
  • Any another equivalent standard that may be later certified by the director-general of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare.

However, if the employer does not have this certification or does not wish to apply for it they will be allowed to set up their own safety-management systems that include

  • A policy for occupational safety, health and environment that is reviewed each year and must be available in Thai;
  • A safety officer that undergoes training and have keep safety documents updated every two years;
  • An action plan and a review of the general environment in the workplace including light, heat, hazardous chemicals and the like;
  • Evaluation and review of safety management systems at least once a year and investigation of any cases of illness or injury
  • The opportunity for employees to comment on safety rules and access those regulations so long as it does not violate personal data protection laws.

It is important to note that those businesses that do not comply with the new regulations face imprisonment for a term of not exceeding one year and/or a fine not exceeding 400,000 baht. This liability may extend to directors, managers, or the juristic person.

The new rules apply to employers with 50 or more employees in specific target industries including hotels licensed under the Hotel Law, industries in jewelry, textiles, garments, food and beverage products, toys, retail businesses, warehouses and more.

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The BoI also approved a regulation that allows BoI promoted foreign juristic persons with registered and paid-up capital of not less than 50 million baht to own land to setup offices and residences for executives and foreign experts.

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