The Republic of Korea will provide US$3.4 million out of a US$9.4 million project to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) capacity in Vietnam.
At an October 30 seminar in Hanoi to launch the project, Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) General Director Lim Seung Up said the Korean Government will help Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MoLISA) develop its OSH training centre into a leading OSH training centre in ASEAN.
In the next three years, the centre will be equipped with modern facilities, qualified training teachers and diversified training curriculum in line with reality.
Vietnam’s industry is burgeoning but it is yet to strictly follow OSH regulations, resulting in increased numbers of labour accidents.
Kim Inn, Chief Representative of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), proposed Vietnam devise measures to deal with arising issues related to occupational safety and health if it wants to become an industrialised country.
Ha Tat Thang, Head of MoLISA’s Labour Safety Department, said although millions of people are trained in OSH at work every year, the figure just accounts for 20-30% of the labour force. It does not include dozens of millions of migrant labourers and rural workers who are not trained.
Thang said with support from the KOSHA, the project will make positive changes in labour safety in the future.