Law of the People's Republic of China on Work Safety
(Adopted at the 28th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's Congress on June 29, 2002 and promulgated by Order No. 70 of the President of the People’s Republic of China on June 29, 2002)
Chapter I General provisions
Chapter II Work Safety Assurance in Production and Business Units
Chapter III Rights and Duties of Employees
Chapter IV Supervision and Control over Work Safety
Chapter V Accident Rescue, Investigation and Handling
Chapter VI Legal Responsibility
Chapter VII Supplementary Provisions
Chapter I General provisions
Article 1 This Law is enacted for enhancing supervision and control over work safety, preventing accidents due to lack of work safety and keeping their occurrence at a lower level, ensuring the safety of people's lives and property and promoting the development of the economy.
Article 2 This Law is applicable to work safety in units that are engaged in production and business activities (hereinafter referred to as production and business units) within the territory of the People's Republic of China. Where there are other provisions in relevant laws and administrative regulations governing fire fighting, road traffic safety, railway traffic safety, water way traffic safety, those provisions shall apply.
Article 3 In ensuring work safety, principle of giving first place to safety and laying stress on prevention shall be upheld.
Article 4 Production and business units shall abide by this Law and other laws and regulations concerning work safety, redouble their efforts to ensure work safety by setting up and improving the responsibility system for work safety and improving the conditions for it to guarantee work safety.
Article 5 Principal leading members of production and business units are in full charge of work safety of their own units.
Article 6 Employees of production and business units shall have the right to work safety assurance in accordance with law and they shall, at the same time, perform their duty in work safety in accordance with law.
Article 7 Trade unions shall, in accordance with law, make arrangement for employees to participate in the democratic management of and supervision over work safety in their units and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the employees in work safety.
Article 8 The State Council and the local people's governments at all levels shall strengthen their leadership over work safety and support and urge all the departments concerned to perform their responsibilities in exercising supervision and control over work safety in accordance with law.
The people's governments at or above the county level shall, in a timely manner, provide coordination and solution to major problems existing in supervision and over work safety.
Article 9 The department in charge of supervision and control over work safety under the State Council shall, in accordance with this Law, exercise all-round supervision and control over work safety throughout the country. The departments in charge of supervision and control over work safety of local people's governments at or above the county level shall, in accordance with this Law, exercise all-round supervision and control over work safety on work safety within their own administrative regions.
The English translation is for reference only and if there is any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.