ILO constituents endorsed national OSH profile “Labour Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan”

On 22 October 2015, ILO representatives took part in a tripartite round table meeting at the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, where the national OSH profile “Labour Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan” was formally launched. The document has been prepared in cooperation with the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, based on the ILO’s methodological guidance.

News | 22 October 2015
The new OSH profile has been authored by Professor of the Kazakh National Technical University, D.Sc. (Engineering), Academician Erkasyn Utepov and Director-General of the National Research Institute for Labour Protection under the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, D.Sc. (Engineering) Academician Serikkali Bisakaev.

Addressing the round table, Chairman of the Committee for Control and Social Protection of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan Akmadi Sarbasov pointed out that today Kazakhstan is adopting new modern strategies to promote stability and sustainable economic development, social services and industrial production. Hence an urgent need for an updated policy in the field of labour protection.

The new concept of occupational health and safety suggests a change in the very ideology of OSH management, i.e. transition from the older costly compensation-based labour protection system to a modern professional risk management model. In this context, the new national OSH profile is bound to become an important input to the Comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Plan, which is currently being developed by government agencies concerned jointly with social partners. This Plan itself is meant to contribute to the implementation of the ILO Convention No. 187 on Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2014.

Presenting the national profile “OSH in the Republic of Kazakhstan,” Serikkali Bisakaev stressed that the document is fully in line with the strategic priorities of the country, including the strict compliance with labour legislation, the development of social partnership, the improvement of the occupational safety system and others. Having described the current state of Kazakhstan’s OSH system, the speaker then offered a detailed analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.

The speaker elaborated in detail on the status of state labour inspections in Kazakhstan, pointing out that the risk assessment system in the country should focus on the prevention of breaches of safety rules and accidents at work, the management of professional risks and the correction of violations whenever they occur. The new OSH profile will provide a very meaningful contribution to this work, he said.

The provisions and findings of the new national profile “OSH in the Republic of Kazakhstan” were endorsed by the social partners. According to the participants in the round table, the updated analysis of the current state of occupational safety and health situation in the country attests to the need to adjust the current approaches  and could become an important tool for the development of a new strategic policy in this field. By enriching the Comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Plan, the findings and recommendations of the new OSH profile will have a most positive impact on the OSH system in Kazakhstan.

Valentin Mocanu, senior labour inspection and OSH specialist at ILO's Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, made a presentation at the round table on “Economic aspects of occupational safety and its benefits.”

Note: The previous national OSH profiles for the Republic of Kazakhstan were prepared in cooperation with the ILO and adopted in 2004 and in 2008. The analysis presented therein had a significant impact on the development of new and improvement of the existing legal acts in this field, with the participation of government bodies and organizations of employers and workers.