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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 VII Personal Protective Equipment

Article 44 (Respiratory Protective Equipment)
  • (1) The employer shall, in the workshop where asbestos, etc. is handled or manufactured for the sake of research or examination, provide the respiratory protective equipment in order to prevent the health impairment of workers resulting from the inhalation of the dust from the asbestos, etc.
Article 45 (Number of Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment)
  • (1) The employer shall, as regard respiratory protective equipment set forth in the preceding Articles, provide them the same or greater in number than the number of workers who are engaged in work at the same time, and shall keep them clean and effective.
Article 46 (Management of Personal Protective Equipment, etc.)
  • (1)The employer shall, when the personal protective equipment, etc., prescribed in paragraph (2) of Article 10, paragraph (1) and (2) of Article 14, Article 44, and item 6(vi) of Article 48, have been used, store them in a place separate from other clothes, etc.
  • (2) Neither the employer nor workers shall take out the personal protective equipment set forth in the preceding paragraph from the workshop without removing substances that have been attached to them. However, this shall not apply when they are packaged in a container for disposal.