Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

5 March 2015
Inspection Division
Labour Standards Department
Fukushima Prefectural Labour Bureau

Results of supervision/instructions to employers of decontamination workers
(July - December 2014)

The Labour Standards Department under the jurisdiction of the Fukushima Prefectural Labour Bureau (Director: Mutsuo Hikichi) has been conducting intensive supervisions and issuing instructions to employers of decontamination workers for the purpose of ensuring working conditions as well as industrial safety and the health of decontamination workers.

The results of the supervisions and instructions provided during the period from July to the end of December 2014 as well as a summary for the entire year of 2014 were compiled as below.


[July - December 2014]
  • Number of employers for which supervisions and instructions were implemented: 839
    • Out of this, those employers that committed some sorts of violations of labour standards laws and regulations: 588 (violation ratio 70.1%)
  • Number of violation cases: 1.362
    • Out of the total number, those cases relating to working conditions violations: 738 (Payment of extra wages, working hours, failure to give a clear indication of working conditions, etc.)
    • Out of the total number, those cases relating to industrial safety and health violations: 624 (Preliminary survey, dose measurement, use of protective equipment, etc.)

[January - December 2014]
  • Number of employers for which supervisions and instructions were implemented: 1,152
    • Out of this, those employers that committed some sorts of violations of labour standards laws and regulations: 774 (violation ratio 67.2%, 0.5% lower than the preceding year)
  • Number of violation cases: 1,697
    • Out of the total number, those cases relating to working conditions violations: 898 (Payment of extra wages, working hours, failure to give a clear indication of working conditions, etc.)
    • Out of the total number, those cases relating to industrial safety and health violations: 799 (Preliminary survey, dose measurement, use of protective equipment, etc.)

  • Violations by entities placing orders
    • Special decontamination areas (Orders placed by the national government) Number of employers for which supervisions and instructions were implemented: 580 Out of the total number, employers that committed some sorts of violations: 302 (violation ratio 52.1%)
    • Intensive contamination survey areas (Orders placed by local governments) Number of employers for which supervisions and instructions were implemented: 552 Out of the total number, employers that committed some sorts of violations: 466 (violation ratio 84.4%)


The Fukushima Prefectural Labour Bureau will continue to strictly implement supervisions and instructions to employers engaged in decontamination works and will endeavor to ensure industrial safety and health and the statutory working conditions of decontamination workers by making requests to entities placing an order to thoroughly comply with related laws and regulations including proper control of workers’ doses.


Table 1 Current status of supervision/instructions

Period

2013

2014

Items

July - December
No. of supervised employers 1,047 1,152 839
No. of violators 709 774 588
Violation rate (%) 67.7 67.2 70.1
Number of cases of violation 1,784 1,697 1,362
Violations relating to working conditions 1,210 898 738
Violations relating to industrial safety and health 574 799 624

Table 2 Details of violations
(1) Violations relevant to the Labour Standards Act

Provisions

Period

2013

2014

Items

July - December

Article 15 Clear indication of working conditions 201 121 101
Article 24 Payment of regular wages* 133 88 70
Deduction of social activities fees, accommodation costs or food costs without a labour-management agreement 68 54 45

Major breakdown of categories

No payment of wages for the hours spent for the monitoring of internal exposure 8 3 2
No payment of wages for the hours spent for special education 21 14 14
No payment of wages for the hours spent for special medical examinations 27 22 15
Article 26 Payment of allowance for absence from work 8 31 29
Article 32 Working hours 174 145 128
Article 37 Payment of extra wages 266 238 179
Article 107 Preparation of roster of workers 121 56 47
Article 108 Preparation of wage ledger 213 111 93

* As violations falling under respective categories of the "Major breakdown" are counted individually and the types of violations are not limited to those "Major breakdown" categories, the numbers of cases in "Payment of regular wages" and the total number of cases of the "Major Breakdown" categories do not match.

(2) Violations relevant to the Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Ionizing Radiation Ordinance for Decontamination

Provisions
(SH Act)

Provisions
(Ordinance)

Period

2013

2014

Items

July - December

Article 22 Article 5 Dose measurement 31 97 72
Article 7 Preliminary survey 64 145 110
Article 9 Operation leader 8 3 3

Article 14

Contamination screening of workers leaving the site for the day 22 18 11
Article 15 Contamination screening of items to be removed 5 12 9
Article 16 Use of protective equipment 44 38 27
Article 59 Article 19 Provision of special education 35 5 5
Article 66 Article 20 Provision of special medical examinations 23 26 23

Table 3 Current status of supervision/instructions by entities placing an order in 2014 (only those related to decontamination works)

Decontamination works placed an order by the national

Decontamination works placed orders by local municipalities

government

July - December

July - December

No. of supervised employers 580 377 552 454
No. of violators 302 199 466 383
Violation rate (%) 52.1 52.8 84.4 84.4
Number of cases of violation 569 390 1,115 959
Violations relating to working conditions 369 228 529 510
Violations relating to industrial safety and health 200 162 586 449

○Cases of violation

<Relating to working conditions>

<Relating to industrial safety and health>

Labour Standards Act

(Clear Indication of Working Conditions)

Article 15


(Payment of Wages)

Article 24


(Allowance for Absence from Work)

Article 26


(Working Hours)

Article 32


(Increased Wages for Overtime Work, Work on Days Off and Night Work)

Article 37


(Roster of Workers)

Article 107


(Wage Ledger)

Article 108


Industrial Safety and Health Act

(Measures to Be Taken by Employers, etc.)

Article 22


(Safety and Health Education)

Article 59


(Medical Examination)

Article 66


Ionizing Radiation Ordinance for Decontamination

(Dose measurement)

Article 5


(Preliminary survey)

Article 7


(Operation leader)

Article 9


(Contamination screening of workers leaving the site for the day)

Article 14


(Contamination screening of items to be removed)

Article 15


(Protective equipment)

Article 16


(Special education regarding decontamination work)

Article 19


(Medical examinations)

Article 20



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