Russia: Workplace Safety Audits Prioritized

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By Sergei Blagov

Labor ministry workplace safety compliance audits will be prioritized based on employer safety record under provisions of Decree No. 134, the government press service said in a Feb. 19 statement.

Under the decree, which applies to employers with over 1,000 employees, whether an employer undergoes a labor ministry audit depends on its accident record. If there were no workplace accidents resulting in the death or injury of an employee within the previous three years and if there were no cases of late salary payments within the previous year, the employer will be considered low risk and subject to fewer audits. If there were workplace deaths within the previous three years, however, the employer will be considered high risk and subject to annual audits. Employer risk levels can be revised on an annual basis.

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Full text of the press service announcement is available here, of Decree No. 134 here, both in Russian.

For more information on Russian HR law and regulation, see the Russia primer.

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