Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0511-1
11 May 2011

To:
Director
All Prefectural Labour Bureaus

From:
Director
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Labour Standards Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (official seal imprinted)

Re: Action for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture


In response to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a document showing the policy for handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture was released in the joint name of three ministries and dated 2 May 2011 as per the Annex of this notification.


Based on the policy, it has been decided that employers engaging workers in works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture shall take the following actions in the immediate future. The prefectural labour bureaus are expected to ensure that nothing goes amiss by supervising the relevant employers.


Note


  1. In the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste such as debris which may contain radioactive materials in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture, excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area, they shall take actions shown in the Attachment of this notification in addition to those shown in the Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0422-1: Re: Thorough implementation of measures to prevent industrial accidents associated with treatment of debris generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake (22 April 2011) .

  2. In the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area, which are areas of prohibited access or restricted access, no work for handling disaster waste shall be conducted.




(Attachment)

Actions in the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area


  1. Employers shall prepare effective respiratory protective equipment such as dust masks and require workers engaged in the relevant works to wear the equipment in order to prevent inhalation of possibly contaminated dust.
    Workers shall wear the said protective equipment while being engaged in the relevant works.

  2. Employers shall not allow workers to smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces to prevent inhalation and ingestion of possibly contaminated dust.

    In addition employers shall require workers to wear clothing which minimizes exposure of the skin such as long sleeve shirts, full-length trousers and gloves, etc. during the work. In the case that workers have open wounds etc., they shall protect the wounds before commencing the work.

    In addition, when work is finished, workers shall remove the dust from the clothing and wash their hands thoroughly.
    Workers shall not smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces.

  3. When employers engage workers in the said works, they shall provide workers with education to ensure implementation of the matters in 1 and 2 above, and on how to carry out tasks with attention to safety and health, such as taking measures for prevention of dust, etc.




Annex

Re: Handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future

2 May 2011
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of the Environment

The following policies were established as measures for handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future.


(1)    No removal nor disposal of disaster waste in the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area shall be conducted in the immediate future.
 
(2)    Disaster wastes in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori), excluding the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area, shall be accumulated at the temporary storage areas, but no disposal shall be conducted.
Disposal methods of the disaster waste will be discussed based on field investigation of the contamination of the disaster waste.
 
(3)    Disaster waste in other areas shall be disposed of according to the plan in the same way as before.

“Disaster waste” refers to waste generated by the earthquake or the tsunami, and left outdoors.

For the workers who handle disaster waste in (2), measures shall be taken to prevent inhalation of contaminated dust, etc.

When disaster waste is accumulated, the Ministry of the Environment, etc. shall be responsible for conducting environmental monitoring around the temporary storage areas, and measures shall be taken to reduce impacts on the surrounding area as much as possible by such measures as restricting access or preventing waste dispersion.





Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0511-2

11 May 2011

To:
Chairperson of the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association
Chairperson of the Land Transportation Safety and Health Association
Chairperson of the Japan Port Transportation Industry Safety and Health Association
Chairperson of the Forestry and Timber Manufacturing Safety and Health Association
Chairperson of the Japan Construction Occupational Safety and Health Association
Chairperson of the National General Contractors Association of Japan
Chairperson of the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors

From:
Director
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Labour Standards Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Re: Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture

The continuing support and cooperation of all the above organizations for ensuring industrial accidents prevention are gratefully acknowledged.


In response to the document showing the policy on how to handle disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture released in the joint name of three ministries and dated 2 May 2011 as per the Annex 1 of this notification associated with the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the notification, Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture (Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification 0511-1 (11 May 2011)), was sent to the Directors of all prefectural labour bureaus as per Annex 2, concerning actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture.


These actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture shall be made known to all association members.





Annex1

Re: Handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future

2 May 2011
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of the Environment

The following policies were established as measures for handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future.



(1)    No removal nor disposal of disaster waste in the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area shall be conducted in the immediate future.
 
(2)    Disaster wastes in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori), excluding the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area, shall be accumulated at the temporary storage areas, but no disposal shall be conducted.
Disposal methods of the disaster waste will be discussed based on the field investigation of the contamination of the disaster waste.
 
(3)    Disaster waste in other areas shall be disposed of according to the plan in the same way as before.

“Disaster waste” refers to waste generated by the earthquake or the tsunami, and left outdoors.

For the workers who handle disaster waste in (2), measures shall be taken inhalation of contaminated dust, etc.

When disaster waste is accumulated, the Ministry of the Environment, etc. shall be responsible for conducting environmental monitoring around the temporary storage areas, and measures shall be taken to reduce impacts on the surrounding area as much as possible by such measures as restricting access or preventing waste dispersion.





Annex2

Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0511-1
11 May 2011

To:
Directors
All Prefectural Labour Bureaus

From:
Director
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Labour Standards Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (official seal imprinted)

Re: Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture

In response to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a document showing the policy for handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture was released in the joint name of three ministries and dated 2 May 2011 as per the Annex of this notification.


Based on the policy, it has been decided that employers engaging workers in works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture shall take the following actions in the immediate future. The prefectural labour bureaus are expected to ensure that nothing goes amiss by supervising the relevant employers.


Note


  1. In the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste such as debris which may contain radioactive materials in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture, excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area, they shall take actions as shown in the Attachment of this notification in addition to those shown in the Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0422-1: Re: Thorough implementation of measures to prevent industrial accidents associated with treatment of debris generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake (22 April 2011) .

  2. In the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area, which are areas of prohibited access or restricted access, no work for handling disaster waste shall be conducted.




(Attachment)

Actions in the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area

  1. Employers shall prepare effective respiratory protective equipment such as dust masks and require workers engaged in the relevant works to wear the equipment in order to prevent inhalation of possibly contaminated dust.
    Workers shall wear the said protective equipment while being engaged in the relevant works.

  2. Employers shall not allow workers to smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces to prevent inhalation and ingestion of possibly contaminated dust.

    In addition employers shall require workers to wear clothing which minimizes exposure of the skin such as long sleeve shirts, full-length trousers and gloves, etc. during the work. In the case that workers have open wounds, etc., they shall protect the wounds before commencing the work.

    In addition, when work is finished, workers shall remove the dust from the clothing and wash their hands thoroughly.
    Workers shall not smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces.

  3. When employers engage workers in the said work, they shall provide workers with education to ensure implementation of the matters in 1 and 2 above, and on how to carry out the tasks with attention to safety and health, such as taking measures for prevention of dust, etc.

(Annex abbreviated)




Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0511-3
11 May 2011

To:
Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

From:
Director
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Labour Standards Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Re: Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture

The continuing support and cooperation of the Office of the Governor for ensuring industrial accidents prevention are gratefully acknowledged.


In response to the document showing the policy on how to handle disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture released in the joint name of three ministries and dated 2 May 2011 as per the Annex 1 of this notification associated with the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the notification, Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture (Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification 0511-1 (11 May 2011)), was sent to Directors of all prefectural labour bureaus as per Annex 2, concerning actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture


The actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture of the notification shall be made known to all the municipalities within Fukushima Prefecture.





Annex1

Re: Handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future


2 May 2011
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of the Environment

The following policies were established as measures for handling of disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture in the immediate future.


(1)    No removal nor disposal of disaster waste in the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area shall be conducted in the immediate future.
 
(2)    Disaster wastes in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori), excluding the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area shall be accumulated at the temporary storage areas, but no disposal shall be conducted.
Disposal methods of the disaster waste will be discussed based on the field investigation of the contamination of the disaster waste.
 
(3)    Disaster waste in other areas shall be disposed of according to the plan in the same way as before.

“Disaster waste” refers to waste generated by the earthquake or the tsunami, and left outdoors.

For the workers who handle disaster waste in (2), measures shall be taken inhalation of contaminated dust, etc.

When disaster waste is accumulated, the Ministry of the Environment, etc. shall be responsible for conducting environmental monitoring around the temporary storage areas, and measures shall be taken to reduce impacts on the surrounding area as much as possible by such measures as restricting access or preventing dispersion.





Annex2

To:
Directors
All Prefectural Labour Bureaus

From:
Director
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Labour Standards Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (official seal imprinted)

Re: Actions for works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture

In response to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a document showing the policy for handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture was released in the joint name of three ministries and dated 2 May 2011 as per the Annex of this notification.


Based on the policy, it has been decided that employers engaging workers in works handling disaster waste in Fukushima Prefecture shall take the following actions in the immediate future. The prefectural labour bureaus are expected to ensure that nothing goes amiss by supervising the relevant employers.


Note


  1. In the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste such as debris which may contain radioactive materials in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area, they shall take actions shown in the Attachment of this notification in addition to those shown in the Occupational Safety and Health Department Notification No. 0422-1 : “Re: Thorough implementation of measures to prevent industrial accidents associated with treatment of debris generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake” (22 April 2011) .

  2. In the evacuation area and deliberate evacuation area, which are areas of prohibited access or restricted access, no work for handling disaster waste shall be conducted.




(Attachment)

Actions in the case employers engage workers in works handling disaster waste in areas in the Coastal Region (Hamadori) and Central Region (Nakadori) of Fukushima Prefecture excluding the evacuation area (area within a 20 km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) and the deliberate evacuation area

  1. Employers shall prepare effective respiratory protective equipment such as a dust masks and require workers engaged in the relevant works to wear the equipment in order to prevent inhalation of possibly dust.
    Workers shall wear the said protective equipment while being engaged in the relevant works.

  2. Employers shall not allow workers to smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces to prevent inhalation and ingestion of dust.

    In addition employers shall require workers to wear clothing which minimizes exposure of the skin such as long sleeve shirt, full-length trousers and gloves, etc. during the work. In the case that workers have open wounds etc., they shall protect the wounds before commencing the work.

    In addition, when work is finished, workers shall remove the dust from the clothing and wash their hands thoroughly.
    Workers shall not smoke, eat and drink at the said workplaces.

  3. When employers engage workers in the said work, they shall provide workers with education to ensure implementation of the matters in 1 and 2 above, and on how to carry out tasks with attention to safety and health, such as taking measures for prevention of dust, etc.

(Annex abbreviated)

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