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Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

16 March 2000 [shall come into force on 19 April 2000];
23 September 2004 [shall come into force on 19 October 2004];
3 November 2005 [shall come into force on 6 December 2005];
19 June 2008 [shall come into force on 10 July 2008];
14 November 2008 [shall come into force on 1 January 2009];
12 June 2009 [shall come into force on 1 July 2009].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted
and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

On Technical Supervision of Dangerous Equipment

Chapter I
General Provisions

Section 1.

The following terms are used in this Law:

1) dangerous equipment - equipment and complexes thereof, which as a result of inappropriate use and maintenance may endanger human life and health, the environment and material values and which during the use thereof are subject to the State supervision and control laid down in this Law and the checks laid down in laws and regulations;

2) possessor of dangerous equipment - a natural person or legal person who or which is the owner or holder of dangerous equipment;

3) staff servicing the dangerous equipment - trained persons appointed by the possessor of dangerous equipment whose actions affect the operation of dangerous equipment or the course of technological process;

4) check of dangerous equipment - an action of an inspection authority, the main objective of which is to assess the conformity of dangerous equipment during the use thereof with the particular requirements laid down in laws and regulations and technical laws and regulations or - on the basis of a professional opinion - with the main safety requirements laid down in laws and regulations.

[23 September 2004; 19 June 2008]

Section 2.

The purpose of the Law is to achieve safe use and maintenance of dangerous equipment that does not cause harm to human life, health and property, as well as the environment, to lay down legal and organisational basis for assembling, repair, technical maintenance, modernisation and checks of dangerous equipment, as well as to determine the functions of State supervision and control authorities in the field of technical supervision of dangerous equipment.

Section 3.

(1) The requirements of this Law shall apply to dangerous equipment, the possessors and service staff thereof and persons who use dangerous equipment or perform assembling, repair, technical maintenance, modernisation and checks of such equipment, as well as State authorities which perform supervision and control in the field.

(2) The list of dangerous equipment and the requirements to be conformed to in organising and performing work with dangerous equipment, as well as the procedures for technical supervision of dangerous equipment shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(3) The requirements of this Law shall not apply to dangerous equipment which:

1) has been installed for use in water, air or railway vehicles and the safety of use of which is determined by international agreements binding to the Republic of Latvia;

2) may cause leakage of radioactive substances as a result of an accident;

3) are used for military purposes.

(4) The procedures for investigating accidents involving dangerous equipment shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[16 March 2000; 23 September 2004; 3 November 2005; 19 June 2008]

Section 4.

Persons performing the assembling, repair, technical maintenance and modernisation of dangerous equipment as part of their commercial activity have a duty to notify the Consumer Rights Protection Centre within 10 working days regarding the commencement and termination of commercial activity in this field.

[3 November 2005; 19 June 2008; 12 June 2009]

Chapter II
General Principles for Organising Technical Supervision of Dangerous Equipment

Section 5.

Registration, control, supervision and check of dangerous equipment shall be performed in accordance with the procedures laid down in this Law and other laws and regulations.

Section 6.

Supervision and control of dangerous equipment shall be performed, as well as conformity with the requirements of the laws and regulations of technical supervision shall be supervised by the Consumer Rights Protection Centre in accordance with this Law, the by-law of the Consumer Rights Protection Centre and other laws and regulations and by other authorities in accordance with the procedures stipulated by the Cabinet.

[19 June 2008; 12 June 2009]

Section 7.

Checking of dangerous equipment shall be performed by a legal person which has been accredited by the Latvian National Accreditation Bureau of the limited liability company "Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre" or accreditation authority of another European Union Member State in accordance with the procedures laid down in laws and regulations according to the requirements of laws and regulations of the Republic of Latvia in the field of the relevant dangerous equipment (hereinafter - inspection authority). The Ministry of Economics shall publish a list of such inspection authorities in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis [the official Gazette of the government of Latvia] which are accredited to perform technical checks of dangerous equipment.

[3 November 2005; 14 November 2008, 12 June 2009]

Chapter III
General Requirements for Dangerous Equipment

Section 8.

(1) Dangerous equipment:

1) must conform to the requirements laid down in laws and regulations and must be provided with documents certifying conformity;

2) must be registered in the register of dangerous equipment in accordance with the procedures stipulated by the Cabinet, which is maintained by the Consumer Rights Protection Centre;

3) must be provided with documents for use and warning inscriptions in Latvian;

4) must be checked in the amount and within the time periods provided for in laws and regulations;

5) must be provided with a check mark issued by the inspection authority, to be placed on the dangerous equipment or, if not possible, to be stored in the technical passport of the equipment certifying that the relevant equipment has passed check according to specific procedures.

(2) Sample check mark shall be approved by the Cabinet.

[23 September 2004; 3 November 2005; 19 June 2008; 12 June 2009]

Chapter IV
General Procedures for Check of Dangerous Equipment

Section 9.

The periodicity and amount of checks of dangerous equipment shall be determined in accordance with laws and regulations.

Section 10.

Payment for check of dangerous equipment shall be determined in a contract entered into by and between the inspection authority and the possessor of dangerous equipment, on the basis of a mutual agreement.

Section 11.

Information regarding check of dangerous equipment shall be recorded in the passport of dangerous equipment, the results of the check - in a protocol, and one copy of the protocol of the check shall be handed over to the possessor of dangerous equipment within three working days after completion of the check.

[23 September 2004]

Section 12.

If during check of dangerous equipment it is determined that the relevant dangerous equipment endangers human life and health, the environment and material values, the possessor of the dangerous equipment shall be warned thereof without delay and the Consumer Rights Protection Centre shall be notified, as well as the State Environmental Inspection if the environment is endangered. One copy of the protocol of the check shall be sent to the Consumer Rights Protection Centre within one day and if the environment is endangered - to the State Environmental Inspection.

[19 June 2008, 12 June 2009]

Section 13.

The inspection authorities have a duty to register dangerous equipment in the register of dangerous equipment and to update data regarding the performed checks of dangerous equipment.

[19 June 2008]

Chapter V
Responsibilities and Rights of a Possessor of Dangerous Equipment

Section 14.

A possessor of dangerous equipment has a duty:

1) [19 June 2008];

2) to maintain dangerous equipment in accordance with the requirements of laws and regulations;

3) to ensure training and instruction of the staff servicing dangerous equipment, which is provided for in the laws and regulations regarding labour protection, taking into account the type of dangerous equipment, the level of complexity and dangerousness thereof, as well as education and previous work experience of employees;

4) to ensure performance of checks of dangerous equipment provided for in laws and regulations;

5) to discontinue operation of dangerous equipment, if it is detected that it endangers human life and health, the environment and material values;

6) to notify the Consumer Rights Protection Centre and, if the environment is endangered - also the State Environmental Inspection regarding accidents of dangerous equipment, as well as to provide the documents and explanations necessary for investigating accidents upon request of the referred-to institutions.

[23 September 2004; 19 June 2008; 12 June 2009]

Section 15.

A possessor of dangerous equipment has the right:

1) to participate in drafting of laws and regulations with the intermediation of public organisations of employers;

2) to inform the Consumer Rights Protection Centre and the accreditation authority regarding cases when activities of inspection authorities do not conform to the requirements of laws and regulations and to request that such authorities reimburse the losses caused as a result of their activities in accordance with the procedures laid down by law;

3) to select an inspection authority for entering into a contract therewith regarding performance of checks of dangerous equipment;

4) to perform technical maintenance and repair of dangerous equipment in its possession, if laws and regulations do not provide for special procedures for the maintenance and repair of such equipment.

[19 June 2008, 12 June 2009]

Section 16.

If dangerous equipment is handed over into possession of another person, the responsibilities and rights of the possessor of dangerous equipment referred to in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of this Law shall be transferred to the new possessor from the moment of actual handing over.

Chapter VI
General Procedures for Training and Certifying of Persons Performing Work Involving Dangerous Equipment

[23 September 2004]

Chapter VII
Liability for Non-conformity with Laws and Regulations for Technical Supervision of Dangerous Equipment

Section 19.

Natural persons and legal persons who or which in accordance with this Law and other laws perform work involving dangerous equipment shall be liable for losses caused thereby in accordance with the procedures laid down by law.

Section 20.

The amount of the losses to be reimbursed shall be determined by a court in accordance with laws.

Section 21.

Possessors of dangerous equipment or persons who perform work involving dangerous equipment shall be liable for non-conformity with the requirements laid down in this Law in accordance with the procedures laid down by law.

Transitional Provisions

1. Licences which have been issued for designing, making, assembling, repairing, technical maintenance and modernisation of dangerous equipment shall be valid until 1 January 1999.

2. With the coming into force of this Law, the Law On Technical Supervision of Dangerous Equipment (Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 1995, No. 8) is repealed.

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 24 September 1998.

President G. Ulmanis

Rīga, 13 October 1998

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2014 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 24.09.1998.Entry into force: 27.10.1998.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 291/292 (1352/1353), 13.10.1998.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 21, 05.11.1998.
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