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

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - OPINION - El­dor Sat­torov

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.

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