The conference speakers and participants agreed that any efforts to improve the legislative framework and project implementation must be based on active tripartite engagement to ensure effective coordination of important government decisions among the social partners. Such coordination is essential to ensure adequate implementation of these decisions. As to the role of labour inspectors in this dialogue, they should be able to bring the situation 'in the field' to the attention of policymakers.
Nancy Leppink: "Investing in OSH Is Worthwhile""Underinvestment is the most urgent issue on the OSH agenda," said Nancy Leppink, Chief of Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and OSH Branch at the ILO Office in Geneva. She stressed the inverse correlation, observed by the global community of labour inspectors, between investment in OSH and the rates of workplace injuries and deaths. In addition to this, underinvestment in OSH is associated with the high cost of diseases and accidents and employer losses from employee disability, absenteeism, etc. Therefore, according to Nancy Leppink, one needs to seriously consider the choice between investing in OSH and investing in other aspects of company operation.
She also emphasised the behavioural factors influencing the effectiveness of labour inspections: "Penalties far from always lead to positive changes. It is also necessary to motivate employers and employees and facilitate negotiations. A tripartite engagement (government, employers and workers) is exactly what can produce the greatest effect in finding solutions which benefit everyone."