Brazil formally recognised the ILO guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems (ILO-OSH 2001) on 24 October 2005 showing its commitment to improve working conditions and reduce occupational accidents and diseases. A joint declaration of intent to develop a national policy and national framework for the implementation of occupational safety and health management systems in line with the ILO-OSH 2001 was signed by Mr Luiz Marinho, State Minister of Labor and Employment, Brazil and Dr Jukka Takala, Director, SafeWork, ILO.
The first Scientific Conference of Occupational Safety and Health Systems Management in Israel on 5 May 2005, organized by the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene (IIOSH), provided an opportunity for expert and professional encounters, presentation of research findings and implemented operations, and raising professional issues - for the purpose of intensifying the awareness of the subject and establishing the issues of safety and health management in the Israeli management systems.
A signing ceremony was held in the presence of about 160 interested participants, where a community statement was signed between Dr. Jukka Takala Director, In Focus Programme on SafeWork, International Labor Organization (ILO) and high level representatives of the Israeli government and safety community. This statement expresses the commitment of the people signing it to act for the promotion of safety and health systems in the different sectors in Israel, in accordance with the ILO guidelines and the needs of the Israeli economy, initiating joint projects with ILO member organizations and countries, for the development and integration of occupational safety and health management systems and promoting the cooperation with the ILO in the field of safety management systems for the purpose of gaining the goal of preventing employees' workplace accidents and injuries.
Argentina became the first Latin-American country to formally recognise the ILO guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems (ILO-OSH 2001) on 28 April 2005, on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work showing its commitment to improve working conditions and reduce occupational accidents and diseases.
The Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social, Superintendencia de Riesgos del Trabajo has issued a Resolution to this effect.
Ireland became the first EU country to formally recognise the ILO guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems (ILO-OSH 2001) on 30 November 2004, showing its commitment to improve working conditions and reduce occupational accidents and diseases. The Health and Safety Authority will take account of the International Labour Organization guidelines as a framework document which will be considered by the Health and Safety Authority when drafting guidance material.
Whilst several Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, China) and multi-nationals (ABB, Volkswagen, and a number of high profile enterprises in Japan follow the JISHA and similar tailored guidelines, such as Toyota) follow the principles of ILO-OSH 2001, the impact of Ireland adopting ILO-OSH 2001 could push other EU member States and enterprises of European origin to follow suite.