PANO - A project, “Industrial safety and sanitation in high-risk groups in Vietnam”, and a workshop, “Strengthening labour hygiene and safety in hazardous industries in Vietnam”, were held on June 12 th by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Japanese Government and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy-Minister of MOLISA, Pham Minh Huan, said that the workshop is an important event to affirm great concern by the Japanese Government and ILO to millions of Vietnamese labours.
One of the significant contents of the project is to take action to improve working conditions as well as prevent industrial accidents and occupational diseases, that aim to ensure safety, reduce the environment pollution and the number of new people with occupational diseases.
Ha Tat Thang, Head of Department of Industrial Safety, under MOLISA, said that the amount of industrial accidents in Vietnam is on the rise. Notably, construction, mining and chemicals are the three most hazardous industries with high occupational injury rates and a main cause of industrial accidents.
In the period of 2012-2014, the project focuses on improving implementation of standards on industrial safety and sanitation in hazardous industries and preventing workers from suffering of harm and risk caused by asbestos.
The project will support the establishment of an industrial safety and hygiene panel as well as enhancing capacity of workers, employers, and their representative organisations in preventing occupational diseases and industrial accidents. Also, the project will protect workers in vulnerable groups through the ILO’s participatory tools and improve the reporting system of industrial accidents and occupational diseases.
Many people will benefit from this project, including workers, employers, especially medium and small enterprises, or rural workplaces in Bac Kan, Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Dong Nai and Quang Ngai.
Translated by Nguyen Thao