Japan strengthens worker safety regulations with new amendment to prevent health problems from hazardous substances
Japan has announced a new amendment to the Enforcement Order of Industrial Safety and Health Act and related ordinances. The amendment is aimed at preventing worker health problems caused by substances subject to labeling and notice, as well as preparations containing such substances.
Under the new rules, businesses that transfer or provide these substances and preparations, as well as other items containing these substances, will be required to label their packaging with the name of the substance, and provide a document to accompany the item.
The proposed date for Appendix 1 substances to come under these rules is April 2025, with Appendix 2 substances following a year later in April 2026. These dates are subject to change. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website provides access to the Industrial Safety and Health Act and related ordinances for those who want to read them.
The amendment is an indication of Japan's commitment to ensuring worker safety and health, and is likely to inspire other countries to follow similar measures to safeguard their workers from hazardous substances in the workplace.