Improved workplace safety capacity

10:23 | 17/12/2015 Society

(VEN) - The Bureau for Safe Work under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organized a workshop to evaluate and update occupational health and safety information as part of the Enhancing Development Capacity of the Occupational Health and Safety Training Center (OHSTC) Project.

Improved workplace safety capacity

Vietnam is improving occupational health and safety training activities with a view to reduce workplace accidents

The KOICA-funded project which is being implemented in the Son Tay OHSTC was kicked off September 2013 and will end in September 2016, with a total budget of US$3.4 million spent on machinery, equipment, training, experts, trainers and technology transfers. KOICA acts as project manager while the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) acts as an OHS-specialized agency in collaboration with the MOLISA.

According to MOLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep, the objective of the project is to upgrade facilities and training OHS staff for the center so that it will become a national OHS training center. To date, the center’s necessary facilities have been built and are ready to receive machinery, equipment and OHS training models. The MOLISA is preparing the training materials and team which includes three MOLISA staff members who hold post-graduate qualifications in occupational health and safety from respected Korean universities.

Since 2013, the Republic of Korea has positively supported Vietnam in enhancing OHS development including providing consultancy on the Vietnamese OHS Law, offering OHS training courses and workshops for local OHS staff and sending OHS experts to Vietnam to participate in OSH projects, said Director of the Bureau for Work Safety Ha Tat Thang. “Bureau staff have learned a lot from these OHS training courses and workshops and are able to apply what they have learnt in Vietnam,” he said.

According to Ha Tat Thang, local industries are developing rapidly but have failed to paid due attention to OHS regulations, and subsequently facing annually increasing workplace incidents. Just 20-30 percent of the total labor force has received OHS training. In addition, corporate OHS trainers have not been systematically trained in terms of OHS knowledge and regulations.

“The project will go towards enhancing OHS activities in Vietnam in the coming time with the aim to build a national OHS training center which meets local OHS training demands,” said Ha Tat Thang.

The Occupational Health and Safety Training Center (OHSTC) Project is expected to help Vietnam overcome difficulties in OHS training related to facilities, equipment and trainers.


 Quynh Nga