ILO's standard goes global
Action in industrialized countriesGermany: In September 2001, Germany established a national tripartite Committee (Government, Employers and Workers) to develop a National Framework on OSH-MS and national guidelines based on the ILO-OSH 2001. Ministry of Labour is the lead agency and ILO-OSH 2001 was translated into German.
UK: BS 8800 is now under review. ILO provided ILO-OSH 2001 to the review committee in which an HSE (Health and Safety Executive) expert, who was involved in the development of ILO-2001, participates.
Sweden: A national seminar on ILO-OSH 2001 was held in February 2002. ILO expert made a presentation.
Japan: Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) published Japanese translation in December 2001.
Finland: Translation into Finish is underway.
Korea: Translation into Korean is underway.
Other national activitiesChina: Chinese authority (State Administration of Work Safety) issued in December 2001 an official document reflecting ILO-OSH 2001 (almost 100% translation of ILO-OSH 2001). They switched from OHSAS 18001 to the ILO-OSH 2001. This Chinese version is for certification.
Mexico: The Mexican Government (Ministry of Labour) has adapted its own directive to the ILO-OSH 2001 and discussed its application with a number of big enterprises which supported it (March 2002). A promotional campaign is being launched in collaboration with the employers chambers, for its application in a number of enterprises (big and medium size.) It is planned to undertake a number of workshops with the selected enterprises in the second half of this year.
Costa Rica: The National Insurance Institute (INS) is the leading institution in this area, working closely with The National ISO. Their own directives are based on a combination of the OSHA standard and the Spanish Model (EU). Consultations are ongoing with ILO on how the standards complement ILO-OSH 2001. A seminar is planned for the second half of this year.
Brazil: ILO-OSH 2001 was translated into Portuguese and placed on the Web (www.instcut.org.br/). A national workshop on OSH-MS was held in November 2001.
Indonesia: National Seminar on OSH Management System was held in Jakarta in February 2002 to discuss the ways to reflect ILO-OSH 2001 on their own systems launched in 1996. Indonesia is now reviewing the national standards on OSH-MS with a view to reflecting ILO-OSH 2001.
Vietnam: A National Seminar on OSH-MS was held in March 2002 to discuss the application of ILO-OSH 2001. ILO-OSH 2001 was translated into Vietnamese and published in March 2002.
Malaysia: Malaysia plans to develop a national standard (SIRIM which is ISO counterpart organization) based on ILO-OSH 2001. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health of the Ministry of Human Resources is the lead agency.
India: ILO-OSH 2001 is being translated into Hindi and a national workshop to discuss national application was held in May 2002.
Thailand: ILO-OSH 2001 is being translated into Thai and a national workshop is planned to discuss national application.
Czech Republic: Czech version of ILO-OSH 2001 was published.
Poland: Polish version of ILO-OSH 2001 was published.
Russia: Russian translation is underway.