Occupational Safety and Health in Hazardous Work in Viet Nam

This project aims to address occupational safety and health (OSH) in hazardous industries in Viet Nam, strengthen national OSH systems in line with the on-going national OSH programmes, and improve OSH standards at workplace level.


The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Vietnam

Target beneficiaries

OSH officials and labour inspectors in five selected target provinces and those in central government, and employers and workers, in particular, in SMEs, either in formal and in informal sector as well as in rural workplaces.

Regional focus 

Central government, Bac Kan, Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai and Dong Nai provinces.

Development objective 

To promote occupational safety and health in Vietnam through the effective implementation of policy framework in hazardous industries and encouraging vulnerable people to ensure sustainable occupational safety and health practices.

Immediate objective

  1. Improving the implementation of OSH standards in hazardous industries (construction, mining and chemical) in Vietnam in the framework of the 2nd National OSH Programme.
  2. Preventing occupational health hazards and risks including asbestos and chemicals in hazardous industries in Vietnam in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and WHO.

Main activities

  • To promote tripartite consultation and discussion on possible interventions by technical and legal approach and identify strategies for practical action;
  • To conduct a research on construction work and its safety and health situation and prepare necessary materials used in trainings;
  • To develop the National OSH training systems to construction workers;
  • To develop an intensive inspection plan and the model checklist to specify key counter measures for preventing major accidents and occupational injuries;
  • To review and draft amendment of the standards in line with the ILO Chemicals Convention;
  • To conduct a survey on the current situation in terms of usage of major chemical substances as well as hazardous substances;
  • To draft a roadmap towards the ban of asbestos in line with the Asbestos Convention (No.162) and Resolution concerning asbestos 2006;
  • To encourage workers’ and employers’ organizations to establish an action plan to reduce risks by hazardous substances;
  • To raise awareness of reporting injury and diseases through any activities in the 2nd National OSH Programme;
  • To foster and train representatives of workers and employers as OSH trainers to organize and conduct WISE, WISCON and other training courses.

Main outputs

  • OSH legal frameworks strengthened to address the hazardous industries (construction, mining and chemicals) in consultation with workers’ and employers’ organizations;
  • National OSH training system to construction workers developed and widely implemented in the construction industry;
  • Inspection tools and systems to mining strengthened and strategic inspection implemented;
  • The implementation of chemical safety standards upgraded in line with ILO Chemical Convention;
  • Report on the National survey on the use of hazardous substances including asbestos
  • Promotion of the policy to ban asbestos in line with ILO Asbestos Resolution in 2006;
  • The capacity of workers and employers built to reduce risks by hazardous substances including asbestos;
  • Occupational injury and disease reporting systems strengthened in conjunction with the development of the National Employment Injury Insurance system;
  • Hazardous sectors in small businesses, informal economy workplaces and agriculture identified and adequate OSH protection extended by ILO’s participatory training programmes.


For further information please contact 

Mr. Nguyen Thai Hoa
National Project Coordinator
Tel: (+84-4) 37340902 Ext. 308
Email: hoahanosh@ilo.org