09/07/2008

ILO welcomes new Declaration on promotion of safer workplaces

The International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomed the Seoul Declaration on
Safety and Health at Work adopted here today by some 50 high-level decision
makers from around the world as a major new blueprint for constructing a global
culture of safety and health at work.

Meeting prior to the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, the
first high-level Safety and Health Summit gathered international leaders,
government ministers, CEOs of major multinational companies, social security
leaders and senior safety and health experts, and representatives of employers
and workers.

"The Declaration marks a major step in the establishment of a preventative
safety and health culture," said Mr. Assane Diop, Executive Director of the
International Labour Office's (ILO) Social Protection sector. "The ILO, in
partnership with the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the
Korean Occupational and Safety Health Agency, are determined to continue
tangible progress towards reducing the number of occupational accidents and
diseases."

Recognizing that improving safety and health at work has a positive impact on
working conditions, productivity and economic and social development, the
Declaration also emphasizes that the right to a safe and healthy working
environment should be recognized as a fundamental human right.

The Declaration also states that promotion of occupational safety and health
and the prevention of accidents and diseases at work is a core element of the
ILO's founding mission and of the Decent Work Agenda.

The Declaration encourages Governments to consider the ratification of the ILO
Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No.
187) as a priority, as well as other relevant ILO Conventions on safety and
health at work and ensure the implementation of their provisions - including by
a strong and effective labour inspection system - as a means of improving
national performance on safety and health at work in a systematic way.

Noting that high safety and health standards at work go hand in hand with good
business performance, the Declaration calls on employers to ensure that
prevention is an integral part of their activities, to establish effective
occupational safety and health management systems to improve workplace safety
and health, and to guarantee that workers are consulted, trained, informed and
involved in this process.

The Declaration also states that workers should follow safety and health
instructions and procedures, including those on the use of personal protective
equipment, participate in safety and health training and awareness-raising
activities and cooperate with their employer in adhering to measures related to
their safety and health at work.

Through the Declaration, the signatories committed to taking the lead in
promoting a preventative safety and health culture, placing occupational safety
and health high on national agendas, and agreed to review progress at the XIX
World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2011.


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