On Tuesday (29 October), Thailand's Cabinet approved a new law which requires employers to arrange for their employees' health check-up and provide medical records for each employee from the time of employment.

As reported in The Nation Thailand, Somboon Trisrilanun, deputy director of the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, said the new law will set new standards for occupational safety and health in Thailand.

The key requirements of this law are:

  • Employers must arrange for health check-ups for employees hired for risky jobs within 30 days after employment.
  • The employee will also be required to undergo a health check-up at least once a year.
  • If employees are absent from work for three days due to an accident or illness, the employer must seek a doctor's report or have the employee undergo a health check-up. The cost of this is to be borne by the employer.
  • Employers have to provide personal health records for each employee. If the records show that an employee's health is at risk, the employer must inform the authorities within three days.
  • If the employee can provide medical proof that he or she cannot perform their current job, the employer must reconsider the employee's duties.
He said details on changing employees' position will be revealed in the Royal Gazette in future.

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