Pakistan plans to endorse ILO conventions on health and safety – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering ratifying two conventions on occupational safety and health of the International Labor Organization (ILO) as part of its obligations to meet international standards.
A senior official from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development told a national tripartite workshop on occupational safety and health that safe and healthy working conditions were fundamental for decent work and that, therefore, the creation of safe, healthy and productive working environments was an increasingly important program for socio-economic development in Pakistan.
The workshop notably addressed the core ILO Conventions on Occupational Safety and Health, Convention No. 155 and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, Convention No. 187.
Representatives of the federal government, workers and employers’ organizations reviewed provincial and national policies on occupational safety and health and discussed ILO conventions at a national tripartite workshop on occupational safety and health. Occupational Health which was held in Islamabad last week.
The Head of Rural Development and Economic Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Dr. Stephen Langrell, said on the occasion that the application of international labor and environmental standards in Pakistani SMEs aimed to strengthen, implement and enforce existing and new legislation to promote respect and compliance with international labor and environmental standards in Pakistan.
As such, its activities play an important role in helping Pakistan meet these standards conditional on preferential access to the EU market under the GSP-Plus scheme, of which OSH is a part. he declared.
International labor standards relating to a safe and healthy working environment, Conventions No. 155 on occupational safety and health and Convention No. 187 on the promotional framework for occupational safety and health, have been added fundamental principles and rights at work of the ILO at the 110th International Labor Conference this year.
Convention No. 155 provides for the adoption of a coherent national policy on occupational safety and health, as well as measures to be taken by governments and within enterprises to promote occupational safety and health in order to improve working conditions.
Convention No. 187 aims to establish and implement coherent national policies on occupational safety and health through dialogue between the government, workers’ and employers’ organizations and to promote a national culture of prevention by matters of safety and health.
Posted in Dawn, September 27, 2022