OSH Campaign

Project Orientation Meeting on National Occupational Safety and Health Council and Protection of Young Workers

In recent years the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), together with the social partners, has focused on strengthening the national OSH system, including building awareness and capacity to improve OSH compliance especially for young people and at SMEs.


Objectives of Project Orientation Meeting are to:
  • encourage commitments from NOSHC on importance of protection of young workers;
  • identify some appropriate actions to conduct similar training for other members.

OSH in Indonesia -- Recent Challenges: Limited Protection of Young Workers

The huge human suffering and the social and economic costs of occupational accidents and diseases affecting Indonesia should mobilize stakeholders to undertake more determined policies and actions to improve OSH, particularly for young workers. Although ILO International Labour Standards and the national legislation of Indonesia place responsibilities on different stakeholders to tackle this problem, progress has been limited, especially for vulnerable workers including young workers. Improving national OSH systems with a focus on youth vulnerability needs to be prioritized to drive renewed progress.

In pursuit of a safe and healthy working environment for all workers including young workers, each country has to develop an effective national OSH system as a collaborative effort of the government and social partners. Such a system should consist of various elements including legislation and compliance mechanisms as well as a training and information network. The system needs to be continuously improved through the formulation and implementation of a national OSH programme (medium-term programme of strategies and activities aiming at improving the OSH situation) as guided by the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention (No. 187) and Recommendation (No. 197), adopted by the ILO in 2006. Indonesia needs to adopt this strategic approach to OSH, showing significant progress in the way that they manage the OSH at the national level.

On 27 April 2018, in front of members of National OSH Council (DK3N), four Youth Champions expressed their willingness to take part more seriously in issue of OSH. In response, the DK3N decided to establish a young workers’ task force so that youth have a voice in national OSH policy deliberations. This is good first step to involve young workers in improving OSH in Indonesia.

Role of DK3N

The Government of Indonesia has issued Ministerial Decree of Manpower No. 18 Year 2016 Regarding National OSH Council and Letter of Decree of Minister of Manpower No. 322 Year 2017 Concerning Members of DK3N 2017 – 2021. Those regulations mandated DK3N to socialize OSH more broadly to the community. This reflects the national policy commitment to promote OSH and the culture of workplace prevention, and reduce the number of occupational accidents and diseases.

This current organizational structure of DK3N also recognizes provincial OSH council (DK3P). Councils in this level have also similar mandates, especially to socialize OSH in broader community levels.

DK3N has recently issued a Logical Framework of DK3N for 2017 – 2021 period (Annex 1). The framework clearly mentions and pays more attention on young workers. Since DK3N organizational structure is newly established, and its policy focus on young workers aligns with that of the Project, it is important to support its efforts through organizing a project orientation meeting for the National OSH Council, focusing on young workers, intervention strategies and stakeholder roles and responsibilities.

DK3N needs to respond to this young workers protection’s issue. Based on this ILO in collaboration with DK3N organize orientation meeting on SafeYouth@Work Project.


Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.
This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or program is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.