PANO - The Department for Safe Work, under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), and the International Labour Organisation in Vietnam, on December 9 th , held a workshop to review results of the project, “Effective Implementation of the National OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) Programme for Improving OSH at Workplaces in Viet Nam” (ILO/MOLISA/Japan Project on OSH-RAS/08/07M/JPN), in Hanoi.
The workshop, with the participation of 70 representatives from ministries, departments and organisations, reviewed and assessed the project’s successes, shared good practices on work improvement as well as to discussed the roles of the Government agencies and workers and employers’ organizations and other relevant stakeholders in extending and sustaining the project’s achievements in the future. The event also offered an opportunity to participants and enterprises to exchange and share good practices in improving work conditions at workplaces for further strengthening of occupational safety and health in Viet Nam.
Along with its rapid economic development, Viet Nam faces increasing challenges and risks of occupational accidents and diseases. According to MOLISA, by the end of 2010, there have been 26,928 people with occupational diseases. In order to achieve the objective of reduction of occupational accidents and diseases, improvement of awareness of enterprises and workers on OSH, Viet Nam initiated the First National OSH Programme from 2006 to 2010.
Since its launch in 2009, the ILO/MOLISA/Japan OSH Project achieved a number of successes at both national and provincial levels, such as the project supporting national efforts in effectively implementing the first National OSH Programme, developing and adapting a number of training materials for SMEs (WISE), for farmers (WIND) and for home-based workers (WISH), organising a number of training courses in three areas to train core trainers in the four target provinces (Thai Nguyen, Dong Nai, Thanh Hoa and Thua Thien Hue) and five extended provinces (Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Bac Ninh and Hai Duong).
The Vice-Minister, Mr. Bui Hong Linh, said: “The First National OSH Programme and the project have achieved significant success in OSH awareness raising, prevention of occupational accidents and diseases and health protection of workers.”
The Project, ”Effective Implementation of the National OSH Programme for Improving Safety and Health at Workplace in Viet Nam”, implemented by the Department for Safe Work, MOLISA and the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 2009, aims to implement decent work country programmes through realising safe and healthy workplaces and communities; productive workplace environment in small and medium-sized enterprises and poverty reduction at community levels. The four selected target provinces include Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien Hue and Dong Nai. The project will end on 31 st December.