Stricter Standards for Workplace Safety


The Safety, Health and Environment at Work Act, B.E. 2554 came into force in June 2011 and requires an employer to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment. Under Section 22 of the Act, an employer is obliged to (i) provide each employee with safety equipment that meets the standards as promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Bureau and (ii) employ measures to ensure that employees use such safety equipment.  To qualify under Section 22 of the Act, safety equipment must meet the standards of of one of the following:

–          Thai Industrial Standards

–          International Standardization and Organization (ISO)

–          European Standards (EN)

–          Australia Standards/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZ)

–          American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

–          Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS)

–          The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

–          The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

–          The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)