On April 26-27 Astana hosted the 2nd Kazakhstan International Occupational Safety and Health Conference and Exhibition KIOSH 2012 that was timed to coincide with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
The conference’s aim is to pool efforts of state bodies, businesses and public organizations in resolving occupational safety and health problems.
By tradition the plenary session was chaired by Kazakh Labour and Social Protection Minister Gulshara Abdykalikova. It was devoted to the best world practices in occupational safety and health.
Among the conference’s delegates were Deputy Director of the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Shurenchimeg Zokhiolt, Chair of the IOSH New Accession Countries Working Party (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, UK) Malcolm McIntyre, deputy head of the Russian Federal Labour and Employment Service Andrei Selivanov, who chairs the International Association of Labour Inspection, and WHO Representative and Head of Country Office Melita Vujnovic.
Delegates also discussed state strategies in occupational safety and health, a prevention approach to occupational accidents and diseases and responses to new challenges in the sphere of occupational safety and health.
Kazakhstan’s leading mining and metallurgy company Group Kazakhmys demonstrated to the public at large its long-term project in occupational safety and health and the use of innovative technologies in the mining industry.
Moving towards absolute safety – this is the logo of Group Kazakhmys in its intention to reduce occupational accidents and diseases and create the culture of safework. The company’s positive experience of training paramedics was actively used for one of the conference’s master classes.
The exhibition showed latest developments in occupational safety and health, OSH trainings and consulting services. Among exhibitors were the leading industrial enterprises, service companies demonstrating a wide range of individual protection equipment and clothing, research and medical centres.