World day for Safety and Health at Work

The International Labour Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour & Trade Union Relations, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) together with the Employers & Workers is organizing a National Seminar on Occupational Safety & Health on 28th April 2017 to commemorate World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The workshop will be held at Hotel Renuka from 9.00 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.

The ILO’s campaign for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at work focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encompasses a global plan of action with specific targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. With its’ adoption, the capacity to collect and utilize reliable OSH data has also become crucial for achieving country commitments to implement and report on some of the agenda’s 17 sustainable development goals and their targets. Sustainable Development Goal 8, Target 8.8 focuses on the protection of labour rights and promotion of safe and secure working environment for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants and those in precarious employment.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to take a critical look at the current mechanisms in place for collection of OSH data, and to have a dialogue on what may be needed to improve the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data for Sri Lanka to be able to report on the associated indicator: ‘frequency rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries by sex and migrant status’.


Date:  28th April 2017      
Venue: Renuka Hotel, Colombo 3


Theme: Optimize the collection and use of OSH Data



08.30 - 9.00 a.m.


09.00 - 09.30 a.m.

Inaugural Session

  • Welcome Remarks , Ms Simrin Singh, Director, ILO Country office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives
  • Mr T MR Rasseedin,  Deputy Secretary General, NATURE
  • Mr Kanishka Weerasinghe, Director General, Employers' Federation of Ceylon
  • Ms.Ramya Jamburegoda- Director, Occupational Hygiene, NIOSH
  • Mr Gotabhaya Jayaratne, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations

09.30 - 10.00 a.m.

Key Note address
Importance of Collection of OSH Data
Prof Rohini De Alwis Seneviratne
Senior Professor of Community Medicine and Dean of Research and Development at General Sir John Kotelawalwa Defence University

10.00 - 10.30 a.m.

Decision Making based on OSH Data – presentation of survey findings
Mr.Gayan Fernando, Head of Health Safety,Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited

10.30 - 11.00 a.m.

Role of Ministry of Health in managing OSH data through the hospital systems - Dr Hemali Senathilleke, Registrar-Non Communicable disease unit , Ministry of Health

11.15 - 11.45 p.m.

Current practice on Collection and use of OSH Data
Department of Labour

11.45 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

Best Practices on collecting and maintaining OSH Data
Mr.Rifky Idroos,Group manager- OSH, Finlays Colombo PLC

01.15 – 02.00 p.m.

Group Work – Innovative ways of capturing OSH Data

02.00 – 02.15 p.m.

Presentation of Group work

02.15 - 02.45 p.m.

Presentation on &Hand Injury Protection
Mr .Malshyan Lokubalasuriya,Deputy Manager – Direct Sales – Regional Office, MIDAS SAFETY

02.45 - 03.00 p.m.

Support systems to reintegrate injured employees back into the work force

03.00 p.m.

Close of session