10:34 | 16/10/2015 Society
(VEN) - According to the Labor Code, periodical medical checkups for workers must be taken at least once or twice a year for workers in hazardous or dangerous environments. Trade unions in some enterprises have positively coordinated with the OHS divisions to take good care of workers.
Occupational health and safety activities should be promoted at corporate levels
Occupational health and safety (OHS) is key to corporate success
The Changshin Vietnam Co., Ltd has spent more than VND3 billion on annual health examinations for more than 23,000 employees.
More than 7,000 mostly female workers for the Rieker Vietnam Co., Ltd, are ensured in terms of periodical medical checkups and related subsidies. The company has made continuous efforts to improve working conditions, said Rieker Vietnam Co., Ltd CEO Walter Bauer.
The Mao Khe Coal Company has maintained periodical medical checkups for all of its workers, which has helped reduce the rate of health-related absences.
Raising OHS awareness
According to Article 19 of Government Decree 47/2010/ND-CP, employers that have failed to provide examinations for occupational diseases for employees or provide periodical medical checkups for insufficient number of employees will be fined for at least VND300,000 when committing violations against 1 to 10 employees and for up to VND20 million when committing violations against more than 500 employees.
These fines seem extraordinarily light if they are intended to prevent businesses, especially small and medium-scale enterprises, from continuing violations, considering the larger amounts of money spent on periodical medical checkups. So, the Labor Code propaganda should be further enhanced at corporate levels in order to make both employers and employees more aware of their responsibilities and rights and also increase the sanctions against violations, according to experts.
According to the Department of Work Safety under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, employers are key to OHS implementation and should be encouraged to coordinate with related agencies to implement OHS activities including periodical medical checkups and OHS training. In addition, employers should establish health care pisions to address health-related issues with workers and workplace accidents.
Plants that have just started operation should be required to file OHS documentation where issues with the working environment and related solutions must be mentioned.