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Ordinance on Prevention of Health Impairment due to Asbestos

Ordinance of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, No.21 (24, February 2005)

Last Update : 2007.11.28

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 (Responsibilities of the Employer)
  • (1) For the prevention of The employer shall, in order to prevent workers from lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other health impairments in workers resulting fromdue to asbestos, the employer shall endeavor to establish work methods, improve equipment concerned, promote the betterment of the working environment, carefully manage the health of workers, as well as take other necessary measures, thereby to minimize the number of workers who are exposed to asbestos, the periods of time for which they are exposed, and the extent to which they are exposed, without compromising the goal of keeping workers out of dangerous situations.
  • (2)The employer shall endeavor to ascertain the presence of products containing asbestos and systematically substitute those products with products that do not contain asbestos.
Article 2 (Definitions)
  • (1) The term “Asbestos, etc.”, as used in this Ordinance refers tomeans the asbestos, etc., specified prescribed in Iitem (xxiii)23 of Article 6 of the Enforcement Order for the Industrial Safety and Health Act (hereinafter referred to as “Cabinet Orderthe Order”).