|Labourers work at a construction site. Employers and workers have been asked to take measures to protect themselves against labour accidents, occupational diseases, fire and explosions. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Viet
BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — Employers and workers have been asked to take measures to protect themselves against labour accidents, occupational diseases, fire and explosions.
This was the main theme of the 17th national week on labour safety, fire and explosion prevention that commenced yesterday in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said the party and the government have paid special attention to protecting businesses and employees.
The Prime Minister has approved a national programme on labour hygiene and safety for the 2011-15 period. Last year, the President signed a decision on Viet Nam's participation in the ILO Convention 187, which has the promotional framework for occupational safety and health conventions.
Diep said the Law on Labour Hygiene and Safety was expected to be adopted at the ninth session of the National Assembly in 2015, and would take effect in early 2016.
At the national week that commenced yesterday, the National Steering Committee for Occupational Health and Fire and Explosion Prevention asked ministries, localities, enterprises and workers to focus on key tasks of labour safety and fire and explosion prevention.
These tasks included the drawing up of specific labour safety and fire and explosion prevention plans, strict implementation of the plan along with tighter inspections and the handling of violations as per legal regulations.
Statistics from the National Steering Committee for Occupational Health and Fire and Explosion Prevention showed that more than 6,700 labour accidents occurred nationwide in 2014, killing 630 and injuring 1,544 workers.
Last year, the country reported nearly 2,400 fires that killed 90 people, injured 143 and damaged more than 1,300ha of forests, with total losses of more than 1,300 billion dong (US$60.5 million). — VNS