English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips> 天天读报> 每日播报

Companies now required to monitor workplace hazards

[ 2009-08-14 15:57]     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009


Beginning next month, Chinese businesses and factories that violate occupational hazard regulations will be shut down and face a maximum penalty of 300,000 yuan ($44,000).

"If an employee's health has been affected by dust, toxic substances and other harmful factors during occupational activities, those harms can be defined as occupational hazards," according to a temporary provision released recently by China's work safety watchdog.

The provisions were formulated by the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS). SAWS is in charge of monitoring and inspecting work safety practices, halting work hazards, issuing licenses, investigating accidents and stopping illegal work practices.

Businesses and factories should faithfully inform employees about possible occupational hazards and their consequences, and provide occupational hazards prevention knowledge training. Also, employers are required to give their workers necessary health checkups.

They should also buy protective gear for employees working around hazards and ensure that equipment remains safe and in good repair.

Businesses that violate the provision will receive a warning from SAWS, ordering them to correct the practice within a time limit. Enterprises that do not correct the problem within the time limit will be fined 20,000 yuan.

Businesses that seriously violate a relevant law, regulation, or industry standard, causing grave damage to employees' life and health, will be closed and required to pay a fine of between 100,000 and 300,000 yuan.

Moreover, companies are obliged to report any occupational hazards in construction projects to their local work safety department. They also must periodically monitor work safety procedures and make reports to the department. Occupational hazards should be monitored at least once a year, and be evaluated at least once every three years.

The provision was formulated on the basis of the country's Law on Prevention and Control of Occupational Disease (2001), and Law of Production Safety (2002).

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Companies now required to monitor workplace hazards

About the broadcaster:

Companies now required to monitor workplace hazards

Dan Chinoy is a reporter and editor for the China Daily's website. A graduate of Columbia University, he grew up in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Dan has experience in Hillary Clinton's Senate Office in Washington, and Fortune Magazine in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang. Dan speaks Chinese, but not as well as he should.