Viet Nam enters a new phase in occupational safety and health



HANOI (ILO News) – Viet Nam’s new Law on Occupational Safety and Health has been given a green light, marking a significant milestone by extending the protection and preventive efforts to the informal economy.

The law – the first one of its type – was passed on 25 June by the National Assembly with a large majority (89 per cent) voting in favour and will take effect from 1 July 2016.

Congratulating the Vietnamese Government and related partners on this achievement, ILO Country Director for Viet Nam, Gyorgy Sziraczki, said: “It is important that the informal economy will be covered by the new law as it accounts for about 60 per cent of Viet Nam’s labour force and is often accompanied with poor working conditions.”

The approval of the law concluded years of preparation process, which the ILO was also part of.

The enforcement of the law will be another challenge for the country in the coming years.

“How to promote the new law through awareness raising and trainings should be given a priority to ensure that employers, workers and those working outside the formal economy are aware of the new obligations and how to deal with them,” said the head of ILO Viet Nam.

The adoption of the law signaled Viet Nam’s commitment to addressing occupational safety and health and followed the ratification of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No 187) last year. The new law is also expected to contribute to the effective implementation of the principles enshrined in the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No 155), which was ratified by Viet Nam in 1994.

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