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January 15, 2021

By Yuwadee Thean-ngarm and Sher Hann Chua

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New Occupational Health and Safety Law

Myanmar's new Occupational Health and Safety Law ("Law") was recently enacted and is aimed at the development and implementation of workplace health and safety measures, including the reduction and elimination of workplace accidents, diseases and other occupational hazards. Prior to the enactment of this new Law, there was no specific legislation in Myanmar governing occupational health and safety. The National Occupational Health and Safety Council of Myanmar will be established to facilitate the administration of the Law.

The Law introduces a requirement for certain enterprises to register with the Factory and General Labour Laws Inspection Department, and for such enterprises to appoint an Occupational Health and Safety Manager or Committee. The Law sets out the obligations of employers and employees. Enterprises and employees in Myanmar must take note of the requirements under this new Law as non-compliance will be subject to administrative actions, or imprisonment and/or a fine.

With thanks to Yuwadee Thean-ngarm and Sher Hann Chua of Tilleke & Gibbins for their invaluable collaboration on this update.


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