China’s government has amended its Workplace Safety Law for the third time and the text came into force on 01 September. Originally passed in 2002, the law was amended for the first time in 2009 and then again in 2014. Announced in January 2021, only one month after the terrible accident in the Diaoshuidong coal mine, south of Chongqing, which claimed the lives of 23 miners, this new series of amendments, which were steered for the first time by the Ministry of Emergency Management, was presented as ‘a necessity’ and is intended to be both more inclusive for all Chinese workers and more harsh on its violators.
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