06/19/2006

ILO adopts new measures on occupational safety and health, and the employment relationship

The 95th annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has
adopted a series of standards and measures addressing health and safety of
workers and flexibile working arrangements.

Delegates to the annual meeting overwhelmingly adopted a new Promotional
Framework Convention on Occupational Safety and Health and accompanying
Recommendation.

The ILO estimates that some 6,000 workers die each day as a result of
work-related accidents or illness. The new measures will promote the
development of a "preventative safety and health culture" through the elevation
of occupational safety and health high on national agendas by launching
national occupational safety and health programmes, as well as the promotion of
safer and healthier working environments through preventive measures.

The Convention passed by a vote of 455 for and 2 against, with 5 abstentions.
The accompanying Recommendation was also adopted by a vote of 458 for and 3
against and 6 abstentions

The measures are based on the ILO's Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and
Health adopted by the 2003 International Labour Conference which emphasized the
importance of building and maintenance of a national preventative safety and
health culture, and a systems approach to safety and health.

Delegates also adopted an international labour Recommendation on the Employment
Relationship. The new standard proposes to member States the formulation and
adoption, in consultation with workers and employers, of national policies on
effectively establishing the existence of an employment relationship and on the
distinction between employed and self-employed workers; combating disguised
employment relationships and ensuring standards applicable to all forms of
contractual arrangements. The measure was approved by a vote of 329 for and 94
against, with 40 abstentions.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Office (ILO)