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Armenia is in the process of establishing a new OSH system and the coordination between the different elements of the system is still uneven. Tripartite partners are working in good cooperation. The country has a big deficit of modern information, training and practical materials on OSH. In the transition period many big enterprises were closed or reorganized into small and medium size enterprises. These enterprises lack practical OSH information, some Soviet regulations are still used in enterprises.

Armenia has approved a new Labour Code that has come into force in 2008, but there is no national law on social insurance of workers yet. The Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen of Armenia has initiated cooperation with the ILO Moscow in the field of vocational training, OSH consultations and training and in promotion of the new interstate GOST 12.0.230-2007. The OSH Information Center has been created by the Union of Manufactures and Businessmen in Yerevan with the support of the ILO. The Center will provide consultations, training materials and publications for the employers in the country.

A National OSH Profile was created in January 2008. The profile contains a deep and detailed analysis of the OSH situation in the country and makes good practical conclusions. The development of the national OSH system, creation of an accident insurance system, implementation of OSH management system, improving of OSH legislation, creation of the OSH training and information systems, development of social partnership and coordination between OSH authorities are tasks to be included into the National OSH programme in 2008. The Armenian partners notes that the profile as a very good document for effective planning of actions in the sphere of OSH.

In addition to the introduction of ILO-OSH 2001 (GOST 12.0.230-2007) and development of an occupational accident insurance system, another element of the third Finnish funded OSH project, to apply the ILO WISE methodology (low cost self improvement of working conditions) at SMEs has been realized.

National OSH profile (PDF, 1.1 MB)
National OSH profile (in Armenian) (PDF, 3.6 MB)

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Last update:26.03.2010 ^ top