16:36 | 23/10/2015 Society
(VEN) - Occupational health and safety (OHS) issues and environmental pollution at craft villages are increasing, requiring a more proactive implementation of OHS models such as the one applied at the Son Dich wood-working facility, Hung Dien Village, Hien Giang Commune, Thuong Tin District, Hanoi.
Occupational health and safety in craft villages should be strengthened
Hanoi currently has around 1,350 craft villages, including nearly 300 recognized as traditional, which have contributed significantly to the local socioeconomic development, especially in terms of poverty alleviation and hunger elimination. However, these villages are facing OHS issues and environmental pollution due to the adoption of outdated technologies and a lack of personal protective equipment.
In an effort to confront OHS issues and environmental pollution, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Office in Hanoi and the Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI) have coordinated to pilot an OHS model at Nguyen Van Dich’s Son Dich wood-working facility which was set up in 1983 and currently employs 15 local workers.
Son Dich has received OHS consultancy and financial and technical support on the condition that it complies with strict ILO OHS requirements and covers 50 percent of the total OHS improvement costs.
“I appreciate this model as it focuses on improving OHS conditions for workers, contributing to sustainable development of my facility. This support has helped our workers stop bad work safety habits,” said Nguyen Van Dich.
According to Deputy Chairman of the Hien Giang Commune People’s Committee Tran Van Tao, this is the first OHS model piloted at a craft village in the commune. Thanks to ILO Office’s OHS training courses, local rural workers have acquired necessary OHS knowledge to protect themselves at work. The model has proved successful in the implementation at the Son Dich wood-working facility and will be replicated in half of all rural industrial facilities that are involved in traditional craft production in Hien Giang Commune in a move towards sustainable development.