Safety and health at work in Nepal

Safety first in the workplace
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In Nepal, the ILO works with governments, employers' organizations and workers' organizations in promoting safe and healthy conditions in the work place by enhancing the application of the International Labour Standards and supporting to formulate national labour legislation and promoting social dialogue, social justice, and decent work. 

Key activities include technical assistance to improve policies and legislation, inspection services, integrate Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues concerning environment, workers’ health and HIV/AIDS; OSH campaigns; capacity building workshops and training to the constituents on occupational health and safety at the national, regional and district labour level and sector specific researches.

The ILO Occupational Safety and Health Development in Nepal (SHIELD) Project, implemented from 2013-2015, contributed to conduct needs assessment and a gap analysis of the current legal provisions on OSH and labour inspection, development of  National Occupational Safety and Health Policy and development of OSH guidelines to be adopted by Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR) for construction sector. 

Efforts are underway to promote awareness on OSH in post-earthquake reconstruction work and occupational disease in collaboration with trade unions, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Labour and Employment and DoLIDAR.