New leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing the safe use of work equip­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Author­ity would like to draw the at­ten­tion of all con­cerned per­sons about a new set of reg­u­la­tions deal­ing with the safe use of work equip­ment. These reg­u­la­tions up­date and col­late to­gether a se­ries of reg­u­la­tions and hence are more com­pre­hen­sive and eas­ier to fol­low.

Pre­vi­ously, apart from a gen­eral reg­u­la­tion con­cern­ing the min­i­mum safety and health re­quire­ments for the use of work equip­ment by work­ers at the work­place (L.N. 282 of 2004), there were var­i­ous oth­ers is­sued along the years, dat­ing as far back as 1949, that one had to re­fer to so as to en­sure con­form­ity.

This was al­ways felt as too cum­ber­some for the em­ploy­ers to fol­low as one had to go through a num­ber of reg­u­la­tions to es­tab­lish the le­gal re­quire­ments of a com­pany, es­pe­cially if some of the reg­u­la­tions or pro­vi­sions were no longer ap­pli­ca­ble fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of L.N. 282 / 2004.

“Through­out this process, OHSA en­deav­oured to re­move from the reg­u­la­tions un­nec­es­sary bu­reau­cratic bur­dens on em­ploy­ers and re­peal old reg­u­la­tions that are no longer ap­pli­ca­ble and rel­e­vant. It also ven­tured to have the min­i­mum num­ber of reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing work equip­ment while con­sol­i­dat­ing oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety reg­u­la­tions deal­ing with work equip­ment. These new reg­u­la­tions will be eas­ier to fol­low and un­der­stand and we au­gur that this will lead to higher stan­dards of oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety,” said Dr Mark Gauci, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the OHSA.

To this end, the new Work Equip­ment Reg­u­la­tions (L.N. 293 of 2016) now in­cor­po­rate all the rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions from the le­gal no­tices that are still ap­pli­ca­ble and which were not in­cluded in LN282/2004. It should be noted that all the pro­vi­sions of LN282 / 2004, which were trans­posed from the Euro­pean Di­rec­tive, were kept en­tirely and none have been amended.

All other rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions taken from the other le­gal no­tices were added to the new pro­posed ver­sion of the work equip­ment reg­u­la­tion. Also any un­nec­es­sary bur­dens on the em­ploy­ers, such as the send­ing to the Author­ity copies of cer­tifi­cates of in­spec­tion of cer­tain types of work equip­ment, have been re­viewed and amended or re­moved as re­quired.

The full text of the new reg­u­la­tions is avail­able from the OHSA web­site: www.ohsa.org.mt

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