Albania

On the road to safer and healthier workplaces

A structured Policy Document and Action Plan has been developed with the technical assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote safety and health at work in Albania.

Press release | 24 May 2016
The improvement of safety and health at work is one of the Albanian Government’s priorities. It aims to boost employment and decent work conditions, in an economy based on good jobs and increased productivity.

To support the promotion of safe and healthy working environments, a structured Policy Document has been developed by a working group appointed by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and with the technical assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO). International and local experts were also involved in the preparation followed by extensive consultations with line ministries and social partners.

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy Document 2016-2020 and Action Plan was adopted  by the Council of Ministers of Albania in May 2016 and will be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth of Albania. 

The OSH Policy Document 2016-2020 and Action Plan is a modern instrument protecting workers’ rights and interests. It outlines a strategic vision to create decent working conditions in order to increase productivity and promote the transition to the formal economy in Albania. Efforts will focus on three main pillars, which aim:
  1. to improve effective labor protection through OSH policies and legal framework,
  2. to create decent working conditions and safer and healthier workplaces; and
  3. to establish transparent and effective OSH systems and institutions.

The Policy Document and Action Plan is consistent with the Government’s vision and priorities outlined in the National Strategy for Integration and Development, the National Employment and Skills Strategy 2014-2020, the EU strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work (2014-2020), the WHO - “Global Strategy on Occupation Health for all” and the ILO Plan of Action on OSH (2010-2016) which aims to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation of the occupational safety and health instruments.

The development of this document was supported by the ILO in the framework of the EU-IPA 2010 Project on Human Resource Development in Albania, funded by European Union and implemented by ILO, and by another ILO project supporting the implementation of the National Employment and Skills Strategy 2014-2020, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth.