ASEAN vows improved safety, health at work

Date Posted: September 15th, 2017 01:34 PM

Labor ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) vowed to mobilize resources of member-states to raise international and national cooperation and initiatives to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) in the region.


At the conclusion of the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore recently, labor ministers of the 10-member ASEAN declared to protect the safety, health, and welfare of workers in the ASEAN region by developing and regularly reviewing OSH legislation, building OSH inspection capabilities and capacities, and strengthening risk management capabilities of member countries.


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III represented the Philippines in the congress.


At the OSH congress, the ASEAN labor ministers pledged to enhance data collection, improve private sector OSH capability and productivity, and reduce the social costs of injury and illness by improving the respective countries’ OSH performance.


Recognizing that the task requires collective effort, the ASEAN member states also committed to promote the sharing of experiences, best practices, and knowledge in OSH; encourage the participation of employers’ and workers’ organizations; and increase collaboration with key partners such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Plus Three Countries composed of China, Japan, and South Korea.  


The ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM), with the support of ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET), was tasked to implement the commitments in the statement.  



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