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    MOEL distributes guidebook for establishment of safety and health management system

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    “They say that a safety and health management system should be established according to the Serious Accidents Punishment Act, but I don’t know where and how to begin. There are more than 600 articles in the occupational safety and health regulations, and I found them hard to understand, but this guidebook is easy to understand.”

    - CEO of □□ Logis (SME) -

    “I think changing corporate practices is really difficult. I suggested various policies such as a ‘mandatory safety meeting prior to maintenance work’ and a ‘work permit system for partner companies’ after starting to work for my company, but my employer was not interested. I hope my employer will read this guidebook.”

    - Safety Manager of ○○ International (mid-sized company) -

    “It is extremely dangerous to lay bricks and apply cement on a scaffold. Workers do not work if a system scaffold is not installed at a site when they are over 60.”

    - A mason at △△ villa construction site in Jung-gu -


    With the enactment of the “Severe Accidents Punishment Act” (to be implemented in phases from January 2022), interest in the establishment and implementation of the safety and health management system in the industrial site has increased.

    Accordingly, the Ministry of Employment and Labor (Minister An Kyung-duk) has published a 'Safety and Health Management System Guidebook' to allow SME employers to more easily understand, establish, and implement the safety and health management system.

    * Available to download at Policy Data - Policy Library at the Ministry of Employment and Labor website (http://www.moel.go.kr)

    The safety and health management system means a ‘system in which companies discover hazards* in their business site on their own, establish and implement measures to remove, replace, and control them, and continuously improve them.’

    * Hazardous machinery, apparatus, facilities, chemicals, physical factors (noise, etc.), biological factors (infectious diseases, etc.), etc.

    <Removal, replacement and control of hazards>

    (Removal) Physically remove hazards including through work structure change to make working in a confined space is not necessary.

    (Replacement) Replace with substances of low hazardous factors such as replacing methanol with ethanol.

    (Engineering control) Isolate hazards from workers through protective device installation and ventilation systems.

    (Administrative control) Change operation methods including through the modification of operating procedures and introduction of work permit system.

    The “Safety and Health Management System Guidebook” presents seven key elements* for establishing and implementing a health and safety management system as well as implementation methods for each key element.

    * Employer’s leadership Worker’s participation Identification of hazards Removal, replacement, and control of hazards Establishment of emergency action plans Securing safety and health in case of contracting, contracting out, or commissioning Evaluation and improvement


    <E.g.: Implementation strategy for ‘worker’s participation’>

    Information on the overall safety and health management shall be disclosed.

    A procedure where all members can participate shall be implemented.

    A culture where people can freely express their opinions shall be fostered.

    * Refer to Attachment 1 for the implementation strategy by each key element


    It introduces ‘best practices’ and ‘relevant legislations’ for each key element.

    It also includes 'types of major hazardous machinery’ used in industrial sites and 'basic safety measures for major accident type'.

    In addition, it contains 'Self-inspection Checklist for safety and health management' and 'Safety and health emergency measures that can be immediately taken including small businesses (Attachment 2)'

    to allow businesses with inadequate financial and technical capacity to take action more easily.

    Kwon, Ki-Sub, head of the Occupational Safety and Health Office of the Ministry of Employment and Labor, said,

    “The basic duty of employers is to protect the life and health of workers, and recognizing safety and health management is a part of management is the first step in establishing and implementing a safety and health management system.”


    “I hope this Guidebook will help SME employers to establish the safety and health management system appropriate for their financial and technical conditions,” he emphasized.

    “In the future, we will produce and distribute a “Safety and Health Management Self-inspcetion Checklist for SMEs” and organize and operate a “Safety and Health Management System On-site Support Group” with the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency to support the development of a safety and health management system for SME manufacturers.” he also added.


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