BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 6 April 2017 – Safe and decent work is a priority in the ASEAN cooperation in labour. On 4-5 April, occupational safety and health officials from ten ASEAN Member States gathered at the 18th ASEAN-Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET) Coordinating Board Meeting (CBM-18) in Bandar Seri Begawan to update their cooperation to further promote occupational safety and health of ASEAN workers.
Chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, the CBM-18 reviewed the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN-OSHNET Plan of Actions 2016-2020. There are 23 projects focusing on three thematic areas: strengthening of labour inspection; occupational safety, health standards and capacity; and HIV/AIDS prevention and control in the workplace. The CBM-18 discussed ways to enhance occupational safety and health in areas of information, training, research, standards, inspection, and occupational safety and health in small, medium enterprises and informal sector.
The CBM-18 also provided a platform for ASEAN-OSHNET to discuss collaboration with the State Administration of Work Safety of China; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan; Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency of Republic of Korea; International Labour Organization; and International Association of Labour Inspection.
It was followed by the 4th ASEAN-OSHNET Conference on 6 April. The Conference was participated in by over 100 participants from ASEAN-OSHNET, representatives from Brunei Darussalam, China, Korea, Japan, international organisations, and Brunei Darussalam’s industry representatives in oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, and service sectors. Organised annually since 2014, the conference is a forum for governments and industries to showcase their progress and good practices and to exchange views on issues concerning occupational safety and health.
The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the ASEAN Trade Union Council.
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