Providing for Production Environment Safety
In the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs, together with the Parliamentary Commission on Ensuring the Guaranteed Labor Rights of Citizens, has organized a round table on the theme “Labor protection: national
The event was attended by members of the lower house of parliament, of the Parliamentary Commission, senior officials of relevant ministries and departments, specialists in the field and heads of relevant universities, correspondents of the media.
As it was noted at the meeting, today Uzbekistan is a dynamically developing state and a full member of the world community, playing an important role in the system of international relations. Its experience in implementing large-scale democratic and socio-economic reforms is attracting increasing interest from the international community as a successful model of progressive reforms, and is being studied by experts and political scientists in many countries.
This is largely promoted by the active cooperation of Uzbekistan within the framework of international and regional organizations that view our country as an important and time-tested reliable partner in addressing topical issues on the international agenda.
At the event, deputies paid attention to the imposition of work on monitoring and controlling the implementation of norms and requirements ratified by the Republic of Uzbekistan, including conventions of the International Labor Organization. In particular, the Parliamentary Commission on Ensuring the Guaranteed Labor Rights of Citizens in enterprises and organizations conducts targeted outreach activities among business entities on the application of labor laws, prevention of forced labor and child labor.
International labor standards relating to labor protection are an important means for governments, employers and employees to establish rules that provide for increased safety measures in the workplace. Regulations may take the form of conventions or recommendations. The International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted more than 40 special regulations and over 40 sets of practical rules relating to labor protection issues.
The meeting participants also discussed the state of the implementation of ILO standards regarding labor protection, social protection of workers and collective agreements in the Republic of Uzbekistan, including exploring the possibility of future ratification of conventions No. 187 “On fundamentals of promoting safety and health at work” and Recommendation No. 197 to an international organization, and also the development of relevant proposals.
These international documents proclaimed active measures to gradually create a safe and healthy working environment through the national system and national safety and health programs, taking into account the principles laid down in ILO acts.
As the lawmakers noted, the committee is developing proposals for improving occupational safety and health in order to prevent industrial accidents, occupational diseases and death in the workplace. Special attention was paid to the work carried out to improve the national legislation in consonance with the ILO conventions ratified by the Republic of Uzbekistan. Also, these were to raise awareness in the workplace and public awareness of the importance of issues related to occupational safety and health, to promote mechanisms for conducting education and training in occupational safety and health issues, including in the interests of senior and middle managers, workers and their representatives, introducing concepts. A number of proposals were put forward, one of which is the introduction of competences in occupational safety and health in the curricula of general education and vocational schools.
In addition, it was emphasized that Uzbekistan ratified 14 ILO conventions (including all eight major conventions). At the same time, most of the norms of Convention No. 187 “On the fundamentals of promoting safety and health at work”, as well as the corresponding Recommendation No. 197, are implemented in the national legislation.
According to the participants, the ratification of Convention No. 187 will serve to improve labor legislation, the control system for the assessment of working conditions and the prevention of injuries associated with production.
Following the meeting, on the basis of opinions and judgments expressed on this issue, corresponding proposals and recommendations were developed.