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Action month for labour safety, hygiene launched

07/05/2019

The Action month for Labour safety and hygiene with theme “ Enhancing risk assessment and management at workplaces” was launched in the central province of Quang Nam on May 4. Attending the event were Deputy Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung; Vice Chairman of Vietnam General Conferderation of Labour Ngo Duy Hieu; National Director of International Labour Organization (ILO) in Vietnam Chang- Hee Lee; Deputy Secretary of Provincial Party Committee, Chairperson of Provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu; Vice Chairperson of Provincial People’s Committee Le Van Thanh; representatives from Ministries, localities on the whole country.

 

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung noted efforts made in 2018 have so far boosted public and business awareness on the matter as well as improved labour productivity and working environment.
The Deputy Minister said the number of workplace accidents dropped by 8.5% last year from 2017 to 7,090, and a significant decrease of work-related accidents was recorded in the mining, electricity and oil-petrol industries. He added that however, the overall numbers of occupational accidents, diseases, and serious incidents in workplaces remain high.
The Deputy Minister noted that the fatalities of work-related accidents in informal area went up by 59%, calling for more attention to this sector. The Deputy Minister particularly underlined the high risks in occupational accidents as in early 2019, several serious incidents like construction collapse or workshop fire cases have been reported.
The Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung urged ministries, sectors, localities and enterprises to intensify the enforcement of the law on occupational safety and hygiene and related legal documents; pay more attention to the assessment and anticipation of work-related risks and diseases and come up with measures to tackle them.
Safety models must be replicated, while the effectiveness of inspection work ought to be increased, the Deputy Minister stressed.
Acknowledging Vietnam’s efforts in ensuring labour safety and hygiene, a representative of the International Labour Organisation’s Country Office for Vietnam said the issue should always be put at the centre of public attention and be included in common standards for sustainable development.
As scheduled, during the month, there will be a dialogue between the National Council for Labour Safety and Hygiene and enterprises, a seminar discussing experience in occupational accidents and preventive measures, a training course on health care for health workers, among others.
Labour safety and hygiene inspections will be launched at 10 construction sites and eight groups and corporations nationwide.
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