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History of OSH in JAPAN (Outline)

1911
The Factories Act was promulgated. (Put in force in 1916)
1927
The "Green Cross Motif" was adopted as a symbol mark of safety.
1928
The National Safety Week was initiated.
1929
Ordinance on the Factory Accident Prevention and Health (Hygiene) was promulgated.
1932
National Industrial Safety Convention was initiated.
1935
Ordinance on Boiler Control was promulgated.
1936
Ordinance on Safety and Health for Civil Engineering and Construction Work Sites was promulgated.
1942
The Research Institute of Industrial Safety was established.
1947
Labour Standard Law was promulgated.
The Ministry of Labour was established.
Ordinance on the Occupational Safety and Health, etc. was put in force.
1950
Nation Occupational Health Week was initiated as an independent activity.
1951
Ordinance on the Regulation for Prevention of Tetra-ethyl-lead Hazards was promulgated.
1952
No Accident Record Movement was initiated.
1953
Nationwide Safety Organization (Predecessor of the JISHA) was founded.
The "White Cross Motif" was adopted as a symbol mark of occupational health.
The National Occupational Health Convention was initiated.
(The Convention was held in 1967 under a renewed name of "National Industrial Safety and Health Convention".)
1955
Special Protection Act for Silicosis, etc. was promulgated.
1956
The Research Institute for Occupational Health was established.
(The Institute was reorganized in 1976 as "National Institute of Industrial Health".)
1958
Industrial-Accident Prevention Five-Year Plan was formulated.
1959
Ordinance on Safety of Boilers and Pressure Vessels was promulgated.
Ordinance on Prevention of Ionizing Radiation Hazards was promulgated.
1960
The Pneumoconiosis Law was promulgated.
1960
July1of every year was designated as "People's Safety Day"
1960
Ordinance on Prevention of Organic Solvent Poisoning was promulgated.
1961
Ordinance on Safety and Health at Work under High Pressure was promulgated.
1961
Special financing for safety measures taken by small and medium-sized enterprises, and Round Special Medical Examination for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises was initiated.
1962
Ordinance on Safety of Cranes and Other Similar Equipment was promulgated.
1964
Industrial Accident Prevention Organizations Law was promulgated.
Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association, and Japan Safety and Health Associations by industrial sector were established.
1965
"Safety and Health Motif" was adopted by integrating two separate motif.
"Green Cross Award" was granted to persons who had made distinguished contributions in the field of occupational safety and health, for the first time.
1967
Ordinance on Prevention of Lead Poisoning was promulgated.
"Department of Safety Engineering" was established in the National University of Yokohama.
1968
Ordinance on Prevention of Tetra-alkyl Lead Poisoning was promulgated.
An industrial safety seminar for business executives was initiated.
"Green Cross Exhibition", which is annexed to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, was initiated to display protective equipment, etc.
1969
Ordinance on Safety of Gondola was promulgated.
The 16th World Congress on Occupational Health was held.
1971
Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards due to Specified Chemical Substances was promulgated.
Ordinance on Health Standards in the Office was promulgated.
Ordinance on Prevention of Anoxia, etc. was promulgated.
1972
Industrial Safety and Health Law was promulgated.
Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, etc. was promulgated.
1973
The Zero-Accident Total Participation Campaign was initiated.
1973
Ordinance on Industrial Safety Consultants and Industrial Health Consultants was promulgated.
The Tokyo Safety and Health Education Center was established.
1975
Working Environment Measurement Law was promulgated.
1976
The Guideline for safety assessment of chemical plants was published.
1977
The Subsidy program for small and medium-sized enterprises' health management was initiated.
1978
The University of Occupational and Environmental Health was established.
The Silver Health Plan was announced. This plan was developed in 1989 to "Total Health Promotion Plan (THP)" In 1978, The Osaka Safety and Health Education Center was established.
1979
Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards due to Dust was promulgated.
1981
The Subsidy program for working environment management at small and medium-sized enterprises was initiated.
1982
"Safety Work Cycle Activity" in construction industry was proposed.
Japan Bioassay Research Center was founded.
1983
Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health was partially revised (safety measures for industrial robots)
1984
Construction Industry Safety and Health Training Center was founded.
1992
The Industrial Safety and Health Law was partially revised (for creating a comfortable working environment).
1997
The Ninth International Conference on Occupational Respiratory Diseases was held in Kyoto.
1999
The Japan International Center for Occupational Safety and Health (JICOSH)別ウィンドウが開きます was founded.
2000
Japan Advanced Information Center of Safety and Health (JAISH) was founded.
2005
Ordinance on Prevention of Health Impairment due to Asbestos別ウィンドウが開きます was promulgated.
2006
The Research Institute of Industrial Safety and National Institute of Industrial Health were integrated to National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan別ウィンドウが開きます.
2008
The Japan International Center for Occupational Safety and Health (JICOSH) wasclosed.
2010
Industrial safety Campaign Century project別ウィンドウが開きます (only Japanese) has started nationwide since October 2010 to commemorate the year 2011 as the 100th after an imported idea of safety-first was put into practice for the first time in a company in Japan.
2011
2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was occured.
2014
Industrial Safety and Health Act was revised (for stress check, chemical risk assessment, etc).
Guidelines on Prevention of Radiation Hazards for Workers Engaged in Nuclear Accident-derived Waste Management別ウィンドウが開きます and Guidelines on Prevention of Radiation Hazards for Workers Engaged in Decontamination and Related Works別ウィンドウが開きます were published.
2016
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan別ウィンドウが開きます andJapan Bioassay Research Center別ウィンドウが開きます (only Japanese) were transfered to Japan Organization of Heath and Safety (only Japanese).

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