The regional conference attended by around 400 participants representing governments, workers and employers from ASEAN countries. During the regional conference, they shared experiences, lessons learnt and best practices regarding OSH policies for reporting occupational accidents and employment injury insurance.
I understand that it is still challenging for a country to provide an accurate OSH data and picture at the national level. However, it is critical for ASEAN countries to establish effective OSH data collection systems so that we can continue improving the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data for reporting and analysis."M. Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Manpower
In his keynote remarks, Minister of Manpower, M. Hanif Dhakiri, quoted the ILO data that there are around 2.78 million of workers died each year due to occupational accidents and work-related illnesses.
“I understand that it is still challenging for a country to provide an accurate OSH data and picture at the national level. However, it is critical for ASEAN countries to establish effective OSH data collection systems so that we can continue improving the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data for reporting and analysis,” he stated.
We have gone through major turning points that have influenced this field and have influenced the way ILO has contributed to improving safety and health upon changes in work arrangements, technology, globalization, climate change and other drivers that are effecting the dynamics of safety and health and the nature of profession in this area."Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO for Indonesia and Timor-Leste
A panel discussion on OSH data collection and analysis presented OSH experts sharing their perspectives and experiences: Francisco Santos O’Çonnor, ILO OSH Specialist, Kevin Myers, International Association of Labour Inspection, and Jim Pogoy Catampongan, ASEAN Secretariat. Moderated by Lusiani Julia, ILO Programme Officer, the session discussed how international labour standards require the data collection and analysis, the role of labour inspectorates in ensuring data collection and analysis as well as the ASEAN guidelines on occupational health surveillance criteria in the workplace.
In addition, the regional conference exhibited the progress of OSH development at the enterprise level. Around 12 companies joined the OSH exhibition, displaying and demonstrating actions taken by the companies to ensure the implementation of OSH at the enterprise level.
The ILO participated in disseminating its efforts to promote OSH, particularly for young workers through its ILO 100 booth. One of the OSH youth champions, Nur Choriroh, shared her experiences in promoting OSH culture of prevention among youth. Nur was one of the nine Youth Champions selected from Indonesia participating at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2017, supported by the ILO’s Youth4OSH project.
The Youth4OSH project seeks to reduce workplace injuries, fatalities, and occupational diseases through increased preventative safety actions by young workers and young employers in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam, and is engaging and equipping networks of intermediaries with tools and skills to promote OSH awareness and preventative action.