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Minister Mdladlana to attend World Congress on Safety

by lloyd last modified 2008-07-04 14:05

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will be jetting off to South Korea tomorrow

Released by Department of labour on 26 June 2008

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will be jetting off to South Korea tomorrow to attend the 18th World Congress on Safety and Health at work.

 

The event, which starts in Seoul on June 29, and ends on July 02, is being jointly organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Social Security Association and Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency.

 

 

Minister Mdladlana will also use that opportunity to meet his South Korean counterpart, Mr Lee Sang Soo, with an intention of possible bilateral relations with South Korea.

 

The congress takes place against the backdrop of recent comments by the Minister that “The health and safety of workers is non negotiable. This is because worker rights are human rights. It is therefore important for the Nedlac social partners from government, business and labour to live up to the letter and spirit of the Occupation Health and Safety Accord that was launched in 2003 and 2004 to create a healthy and safe working environment. This is why we have targeted high-risk industries like construction, iron and steel, agriculture, as well as food and beverage for our blitz inspections.”

 

In his message ahead of the congress, Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General said: “The congress offers an important opportunity to share information, to learn, to network and help build prevalence culture that is key to assuring workers protection from work related illness, injury and death.”

 

Participants will include safety engineers, technicians, hygienists, inspectors and occupational scientists.

 

 

The congress will be held under the aegis: Safety and Health at Work: Societal responsibility

 

 

Among the topics will be Safety and Health Management, Impact of Changing Working Conditions on Worker’s Protection, New Challenges and Opportunities in Occupational Safety and Health, Strategies and Programmes of safety and Health for the future.

 

Enquiries: Name Page Boikanyo
Telephone 012 309 4262
Email page.boikanyo@labour.gov.za





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