(VEN) – According to experts, when labor protection councils are set up, businesses are more aware of and responsible for occupational health and safety (OHS).
Labor protection councils are responsible for consultation and coordination with employers in OHS regulation development, action plans, measures, improvement of working conditions, and the prevention of OHS accidents. They will inspect the implementation of OSH regulations at the business level every six months. If OHS risks are discovered during an inspection, it may request employers implement measures to eliminate these risks.
In fact, where there are already labor protection councils, the number of OHS accidents are significantly reduced as workers’ OSH awareness improved. For example, in the Dung Quat Economic Zone, where 80 percent of businesses participated in the establishment of the local labor protection council, employers and employees are regularly trained in OSH skills including firefighting and use of labor protection facilities. In addition, employees are offered periodic health examinations.
Binh Duong Province-based Vietnam Foodstuff Company’s labor protection council coordinated with the company’s OHS management board to organize training courses on OHS regulations and fire prevention techniques for employees. Thanks to intensive OHS training, the company has successfully prevented OHS accidents for an entire year.
Thai Binh is a province lauded for its OHS performance in industrial parks. Currently, every company in the province has established a labor protection council;. Since, no major workplace accidents have been reported and this is helpful in luring workers from neighboring areas.
|The National Council on Labor Protection was established by the government on January 28, 2005; according to regulations, after the establishment of trade unions, enterprises must establish labor protection councils.|
The practical benefits and importance of labor protection councils is clear; however, there are still companies that do not strictly abide by OHS rules. These enterprises fear that the labor protection council and OHS responsibilities and regulations could be burdensome.
According to experts, media organizations should launch OHS promotion campaigns to raise awareness and encourage businesses to establish labor protection councils. OHS improvement is also a key factor in ensuring the development of a company, as it can provide peace of mind to employees by guaranteeing safe working conditions./.
By Thanh Tam
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