National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programme of Sri Lanka Validation Workshop

Tripartite workshop convened by the Ministry of Labour to review and finalise the draft National Occupational Safety and Health Programme, with the technical assistance of the ILO in Colombo on 03 December 2019.

The Government of Sri Lanka, in consultation with employers and workers has taken firm steps for promoting Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Available OSH information was reviewed and compiled and National OSH profile was published in 2013. In 2014, the National Safety and Health Policy was adopted. In 2018, a near-final draft of a new OSH Act was prepared aiming to provide OSH protection for all workers and occupations. National tripartite consultations have been held to reflect workers' and employers' views. ILO key OSH instruments, in particuler Safety and Health Convention (No. 155, 1981) and promotional framework for OSH convention (No 187, 2006) have been applied. The Department of Labour prepared the National Occupational Safety and Safety Programme with the technical support of ILO Senior Specialist Dr. Tsuyoshi Kawakami in 2018. The workshop provided a tripartite forum for discussing Sri Lanka's first National OSH programme. The tripartite participants discussed the National OSH programme and commented on the draft. The Department of Labour has since finalised the draft for validation by the tripartite consituents on 03 December; with a view to begin implementation of Sri Lanka's first National Occupational Safety and Health Programme from 2020 onwards.