Law on Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases

(Adopted at the 24th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's Congress on October 27, 2001)


Chapter I General Provisions

Chapter II Preliminary Prevention

Chapter III Prevention and Control in the Course of Work

Chapter IV Diagnosis of Occupational Diseases and Security for Occupational Disease Patients

Chapter V Supervision and Inspection

Chapter VI Legal Responsibility

Chapter VII Supplementary Provisions

Chapter I

General Provisions

Article 1 This Law is enacted, in accordance wi9th the Constitution, for the purpose of preventing, controlling and eliminating occupational disease hazards, preventing and controlling occupational diseases, protecting the health and related rights an interests of workers, and promoting the development of the economy.

Article 2 This Law is applicable to activities conducted within the territory of the People's Republic of China to prevent and control occupational diseases.

The occupational diseases mentioned in this Law refer to the diseases contracted by the workers of enterprises, institutions and household economic organizations (hereinafter all are referred to as the employer) due to their exposure in the course of work to dusts, radioactive substances and other toxic and harmful substances, etc.

The categories and catalogue of occupational diseases shall be arranged, readjusted and published by the administrative department together with the administrative department for occupational security under the State Council.

Article 3 In prevention and control of occupational diseases, the principle of putting prevention first and combining prevention with controlling shall be upheld, and the diseases shall be controlled under different categories and dealt with in an all-round way.

Article 4 The workers enjoy the right to occupational health protection.

The employer shall create the working environment and conditions that conform to the national norms for occupational health and requirements for public health and take measures to ensure that the workers receive occupational health protection.

Article 5 The employer shall establish and improve the responsibility system for prevention and control of occupational diseases, in order to enhance management and raise the level in this field, and bear responsibility for the occupational disease hazards produced in the unit.

Article 6 The employer shall, as required by laws, undertake social insurance on industrial injuries.

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  Source: ACFTU  2014-08-26

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