Health and safety in Korea expressly covers physical and psychological health; employers must take measures to prevent occupational diseases resulting from occupational stress, in cases where workers are required to do tasks with significant physical fatigue and mental stress, eg shift work, driving or handling precision apparatus.

The key legislation is the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1981 (as amended).

Employers' Duties

Employers must observe the standards for the prevention of industrial accidents as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and any Orders issued under the Act.

They have general duties to:

  • protect the lives of workers

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