Kazakhstan trade unions discuss international experience in the field of labor protection

On December 11, in Astana, a training seminar was held on the topic: “International Experience in the Field of Occupational Safety and Health”, organized by the Training Center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan for managers and specialists of trade unions of Kazakhstan.

The key objective of the seminar is to improve the skills of industry-specific specialists in the field of labor protection.

The director of the Labor Inspectorate of the National Confederation of Trade Unions of Moldova, Elena Carquilan, presented the International Occupational Safety and Health Practice to the seminar participants and spoke about the use of new technologies in the production.

The foreign expert described in detail the current problems of inadequate working conditions at work, which often cause accidents or occupational diseases of workers.

“The harsh reality suggests that the struggle of trade unions should focus on protecting and strengthening rights at the workplace. According to the ILO, about 6,400 people die every day in the world due to injuries and due to occupational diseases caused by inappropriate working conditions. In his remarks at the XXI Congress in Singapore in September 2017, the ILO Director General expressed concern that if in 2015 the number of injured at work was 2.3 million, in 2017 this figure increased to 2.78 million. Disappointing indicators are observed in the Republic of Moldova. In order to protect the health of workers, the Republic of Moldova is trying to ratify the ILO Convention on Occupational Health Services. The desire to join the European Community as a full member has necessitated the harmonization of national legislation with the European one, ” said Elena Karkilan.

Chairman of the Committee for Socio-Economic Relations and Social Partnership of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan S. Dauletalin expressed interest in the experience of Moldova in the creation of mini-laboratories for the assessment of occupational risks that can be provided to affiliates at no cost.

In his speech, S. Dauletalin talked about topical issues of occupational safety and health in Kazakhstan, including the state and prospects of development of this area.

“The Federation of Trade Unions notes the preservation of a high level of occupational risks and the need to strengthen the institution of public and party control over the observance of health and safety rules at enterprises and organizations. For 11 months of 2018, the number of injured at work is 1,223 people, of whom 167 are fatal, ” said the head of the trade union committee.

During the discussion, the parties unanimously noted the insufficiency of the implementation of international norms in national legislation without their proper practical application.

The interest of the participants was evoked by recommendations on the observance of the rules of safety and labor protection.

In general, according to participants, the event included a constructive exchange of practical experience that will help find solutions to problems and will help reduce production risks.