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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 II Measures concerningpertaining to Work, etc. of Handling of Asbestos, etc.

Section 3 Other Measures concerningpertaining to Work involving theof Handling of Asbestos, etc.

Article 11 (deleted)
Article 12 (Facility, etc., pertaining toconcerned with theWork)
  • (1) The employer shall, in the indoor workshop where dust from asbestos, etc., is dispersed, provide the dust source sealing system, local exhaust ventilation system or push-pull ventilation system. However, this provision applyshall not apply to the case that it is extremely difficult to provide the dust source sealing system, local exhaust ventilation system or push-pull ventilation system, or the case that the work performed is on temporary basis.
  • (2) The employer shall, in the case that the dust source sealing system, local exhaust ventilation system or push-pull ventilation system are not provided pursuant to the proviso of the preceding paragraph, take measures to prevent workers from health impairment such as providing the general ventilation system or ensuring that the asbestos, etc., is being handled under humid condition.
Article 13 (Measures concerning pertaining to Cutting and Other Types of Work related to Asbestos, etc.)
  • (1)The employer shall, when assigning workers in any of the works listed in following each itembelow (referred to as gcutting and other types of work related to asbestos, etc.h in the following next paragraph and the next aArticle), ensure to make asbestos, etc., in humid condition. However, this provision shall not apply to the case that it is extremely difficult to make the asbestos, etc., in humid condition.
    • (i) Cutting, perforating, and grinding asbestos, etc.
    • (ii) Demolishing objects that have been spread, infused, or adhered with asbestos, etc. (including demolition work on buildings or structures that contain asbestos, etc.).
    • (iii) Work involving the encapsulation or enclosure of asbestos, etc., under pursuant to the provision of paragraph (1) of Article 10, paragraph 1.
    • (iv) Putting powered asbestos, etc. in a container or taking out it from the container.
    • (v) Mixing powdered asbestos, etc.
    • (vi) Cleaning up dust from asbestos, etc., dispersed while performing the types of work listed above.
  • (2) The employer shall provide containers with a lid to put the cut waste of asbestos, etc., into at the place where cutting and other types of work related to asbestos, etc. are carried out.
Article 14
  • (1) The employer shall, when assigning workers to cutting and other types of work related to asbestos, etc., have the said workers use respiratory protective equipment.
  • (2) The employer shall, when assigning workers to cutting and other types of work related to asbestos, etc., have the said workers use work clothes. However, this shall not apply ifto the case that the employer has the said workers use protective clothes.
  • (3) Workers shall, when having been indicated to use the personal protective equipment, etc., set forth in the preceding two paragraphs, use them.
Article 15 (Prohibition of Entry)
  • (1) The employer shall prohibit persons other than those directly concerned from entering into the workshop where asbestos, etc., is handled (hereinafter includes use for the sake of research or examination) or manufactured for the sake of research or examinationand shall post a notice to this effect in an easily visible location.
 
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