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New labour safety law sets workplace rules

Update: July, 11/2014 - 08:15

HA NOI (VNS) — The new Law on Labour Safety aims to offer better protection for workers, setting out new workplace safety regulations and providing support for victims of workplace accidents and occupational diseases to switch jobs.

At a conference held on Monday by the National Assembly's Committee of Social Affairs, Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Labour Safety Department Ha Tat Thang said that as the number of enterprises increased and more companies applied modern technology, policy improvements were needed to ensure labour safety.

Because the issue of labour safety was not only covered in the Labour Code but also many other legal documents, it was difficult for law enforcement to take action, especially at local levels, he said. Moreover, labour safety and hygiene standards needed to be revisited in the context of production expansion and the application of new technologies and production materials.

The Labour Safety Department stressed the need for more activities raising awareness about legal policies, especially in professions with high risks, as well as more labour safety training for employers.

The department said companies and factories with high risks of work accidents would have to develop safety standards and contingency plans.

The draft Law on Labour Safety will be submitted for reconsideration at the Government's meeting session in July. — VNS

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