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PRC Labor Law: New Rules and Regulations Regarding Workplace Safety

April 01, 2003

By Zhang Li, Stephen Sonnenberg & Glori Norwitt

Additional guidance on workplace safety is now available to employers in the People’s Republic of China. The Provisional Rules of Administrative Review on Work Safety, effective May 1, 2003, define the procedure by which PRC employers may seek administrative review of penalties and remedial measures imposed by local, county and provincial authorities. The Supervision Regulation on Safety of Special Equipment and Facilities, effective June 1, 2003, imposes inspection, testing and reporting requirements on operators of certain types of equipment or facilities that may cause physical injury to employees or the public. Both sets of rules follow, and are best understood in conjunction with, the Work Safety Law of the PRC, enacted last year by the National People’s Congress.