Brunei Brunei Darussalam promulgates two regulations on workplace safety and health

Legal basis for implementation of GHS

Brunei Darussalam promulgates two regulations on workplace safety and health

As confirmed on February 21, 2022, the “Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations, 2021” and “Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021” were published in the Official Gazette. The former prescribes the establishment of first-aid responders and medical clinics in the workplace that meet the prescribed conditions, and also requires the preparation of first-aid measures for exposure to hazardous or corrosive substances. The latter, on the other hand, partially amends the Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) Regulations, 2014 and in particular appears to establish a legal basis for the introduction of labeling and safety data sheets (SDSs) under the GHS. It should be noted that the regulations came into effect on June 1, 2021.

Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations, 2021
https://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2021/S041.pdf
Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021
https://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2021/S040.pdf

[Reference]
Safety and Health at Work (General Provisions) Regulations, 2014
https://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2014/EN/S034.pdf

 

Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations, 2021

  • Installation of first-aid kit

All workplaces must be equipped with a sufficient number of first-aid kits for each floor. In addition, each first-aid kit must be managed by a person appointed by the person in charge of the factory (occupier) and must comply with the prescribed requirements, such as frequent checks to ensure that all equipment, etc. is ready for use.

  • Establishment of first-aid responders

Workplaces employing 25 or more employees, or that handle machinery, equipment, or hazardous materials specified in Schedule 5 of the Workplace Safety and Health Order, must appoint first-aid responders who can be immediately available during working hours or the shift in question for the workplace, or a portion of the workplace, at the rate of one person in 50.

The first-aid responders must have completed first-aid training approved by the authorities, and must continue to undergo retraining. First-aid responders are also required to keep records of all treatments and submit them to the occupier of the factory.

The person in charge of the factory (occupier) must keep these records for at least five years. All workplaces must also post notices showing the first-aid responders’ names and photos.

  • Establishment of a medical office

Workplaces with more than 100 employees must have a medical office that meets the standards approved by the authorities.

  • First-aid for exposure to hazardous or corrosive substances

If exposure to hazardous or corrosive substances is likely and if it is requested by the authorities, the occupier of the factory must be prepared to provide first-aid. If there is a possibility that the eyes or body may come into contact with hazardous or corrosive substances, appropriate equipment for rapidly wetting or rinsing the eyes or body must be provided in the work area for emergencies.

Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021

  • Warning labels

One or more labels must be affixed to containers of hazardous substances. Before the amendment, the regulations required the labels to indicate the hazards and precautions for handling in a manner that could be easily understood by all, but this text was deleted in the amendment. Instead, labels must comply with Brunei standards for the classification and labeling of hazardous substances or other standards, codes of practice or guidance for the classification and labeling of hazardous substances published or approved by authorities.

  • SDS

Sellers are required to provide an SDS to persons who purchase hazardous substances for use in the workplace. Before the amendment, 16 items including harmful information and environmental impact information were listed in the SDS, but these items were deleted in this amendment. Instead, the SDS must comply with Brunei standards for SDS or other standards, codes of practice, or guidance published or approved by authorities.

Therefore, the specific requirements related to labels and SDS will be specified in different standards, but Brunei standards that set these requirements have not been confirmed as of March 2022.

Note that the above provisions regarding labels and SDS do not apply to hazardous substances intended for retail sale to consumers.

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting

Background

MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji