On December 18, 2012 the Parliament of the Russian Federation "Duma” adopted draft statute on “Amendments to the Russian Federal Statute – “Industrial safety on hazardous production facilities” and other regulatory acts of Russian Federation” (concerning the improvement of supervisory responsibilities and State services optimization).
One of the key innovations of this draft statute is to classify hazardous production facilities, function of the risk degree of potential accidents (collisions) and to scale their possible consequences. Experts managed to harmonize this classification with the European Union law, which is quite important for Russian legislation. The abovementioned amendments to the statute will also help to identify whether some production facilities shall be classified as hazardous or not.
The new draft statute also contains delimitation of industrial safety measures including state supervision policy on 4 types of hazardous production facilities. As a result, according to the experts’ opinion, it will now be possible, on one hand, to exclude excessive, as well as, duplicate requirements relating to industrial safety, and on the other hand – to reduce the risk of industrial accidents.
The Head of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Oversight of Russia, Nikolay Kutyin said: “It was necessary to produce amendments to the statute because it was adopted more than 15 years ago. The new draft statute which was approved today will contribute to the innovative development, increase the effectiveness of industrial processes, and it will be in conformity with modern requirements for providing industrial security and safety.
He also pointed out that the new statute adoption will have immediate effect on industrial companies, lowering their cost and decreasing administrative pressure.