The 14th annual Safety, Hygiene and Fire Prevention Week was launched nationwide yesterday to raise awareness among businesses and individuals.
Southern Dong Nai Province initiated the event with a ceremony attended by representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the National Steering Committee for Safety, Hygiene and Fire Prevention.
The goal of the week is to build a culture of safety in the workplace and to ensure the rights of businesses and employees.
Minister of MOLISA Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said the number of occupational injuries was still high in Viet Nam for several reasons. Last year, work-related accidents killed 574 peoples and damaged property worth VND300 billion (US$14.2 million).
Minister Chuyen asked all sectors and units to follow safety regulations to reduce the accidents. She said relevant agencies must have perform more inspections at places of business in order to maintain safe work environments throughout the country.
At the meeting, Ambassador of Denmark John Nielsen said his embassy has helped Viet Nam with labour inspection for the last six years. It has also provided US$10 million for a 2011-2013 project to create jobs and promote healthy labour conditions VNS