JAKARTA (Joint Press Release): Occupational safety and health (OSH) issues are not only the concerns of workers but also the employers. Globally, according to ILO data, an estimated 337 million workplace accidents and 2.3 million deaths occur every year. In addition, the data of the State-owned Enterprise for Workers’ Social Insurance (Jamsostek) revealed that around 0.7 per cent of Indonesian workers have experienced occupational accidents that have caused national financial losses of Rp 50 trillion.
To reduce or prevent occupational accidents and diseases, the need for a new “safety and health culture of the year 2015” with a strong emphasis on risk management has become the main theme of the OSH national seminar jointly organized by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, the National OSH Council (DK3N) and the ILO on Wednesday – Thursday, 27 – 28 April 2001, at Bumikarsa Hotel, Kompleks Bidakara, Jakarta. Officially opened by the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, HE. Muhaimin Iskandar, the seminar is organized in conjunction with the commemoration of the World OSH Day on 28 April.
The seminar will be attended by representatives of enterprises from various sectors such as chemical, oil and gas, steel industry, construction, agriculture, transportation, manufacture, health, telecommunication and nuclear energy. The seminar is aimed to renew the commitments of all occupational sectors to identify, evaluate, monitor and prevent potential OSH risks that, in turn, will not only benefit workers but also employers.
The seminar is also aimed to provide an opportunity for participants to exchance experiences and information related to risk prevention and to efforts taken to implement effective and efficient risk management. Hence, the seminar is expected to strengthen the implementation of an OSH culture through the implementation of OSH Management Systems (OSHMS) aimed at reducing occupational accidents while improving productivity and competitiveness.
Around 150 participants from various Government institutions, employers’ organizations, trade unions, OSH experts, hospitals, insurance institution, academia and mass media are expected to attend the seminar.
In addition, at the global level, on 28 April the ILO will launch a new report entitled “OSH Management System: A tool for Continual Improvement” , outlining a step-by-step approach to be taken in applying OSH Management Systems (OSHMS) and, more concretely, how this system can be used at the national and enterprise levels. The report also highlights how to apply OSH Management Systems in particularly high risk sectors.
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