Federal Regulation on Occupational Safety and Hygiene and the Working Environment


    Federal Regulation on Occupational Safety and Hygiene and the Working Environment

    The Federal Regulation on Occupational Safety and Hygiene and the Working Environment (‘the Regulation’) (only available in Spanish, here) provides employers, employees and the authorities with responsibilities and duties in order to provide and encourage a safe working environment as well as the obligation to train staff to use equipment in the proper manner with appropriate signage on site.   

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019

  • Requirements

    Employers are obligated, in accordance with the nature of their work and industrial processes carried out in the workplace, to adopt relevant safety and hygiene measure in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation and the applicable Rules, in order to prevent on the one hand, accidents from the use of machinery, equipment, instruments and materials, and on the other, diseases as a result of exposure to the chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial agents, as well as having the facilities suitable for the development of work. In the work centres the maximum permissible levels of contaminants, shall not exceed the limits established by the corresponding Standards.  

    In workplaces where industrial, commercial or highly service based activities are carried out which are deemed risky, employers must develop programs for the prevention of accidents in the realisation that such activities may cause serious ecological imbalances, in accordance with Article 147 of the General Law of the Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (only available in Spanish, here) (as per Article 13 of the Regulation).  

    The employer, shall inform their workers regarding the risks related to the specific work activity they develop, and in particular about the risks involved in the use or exposure to contaminants in the working environment, as well as training workers regarding the measures and programs that should be observed for exposure prevention and control (as per Article 15 of the Regulation). 

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