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Committee for Work Safety Created

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A worker is treated after being injured in a factory. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The government has established the National Committee for Health and Work Safety, to comprise in part officials from relevant ministries to review, give counsel and spread information related to health and work safety.
According to a sub-decree dated Monday and signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the committee was created to facilitate, monitor and cooperate on health and work safety issues as well as give advice to the government on those issues.
The committee exists under the provisions of the Labor Law and 40 people, including officials from the ministries of labor, interior, health and women’s affairs as well as union and employer representatives.
“This committee has the role and duty to monitor and advise on: policy and regulation, health standards and action plans involving health and work safety and other work in order to assist the committee,” read the sub-decree.
It stated that the committee has the right to create a sub-committee if necessary, decided by the committee’s president.
Fa Saly, president of the National Trade Union Confederation, told Khmer Times yesterday that he supports the committee, but he wants the government to monitor the Health Ministry as it has not cooperated with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to help workers.
“The government has to reinforce the health sector to be more effective for workers, especially pay them more attention. I think it would be useless if the government does not strengthen its implementation even though the committee is established,” he said.
Mr. Saly added that workers still face health problems, such as effects from consuming unhygienic food, and may endure poor workplace conditions.
“I hope that workers will get more benefits from this committee and accidents and occupational diseases will decline,” he said.
In 2015, according to the NSSF, 181 workers died as a result of work-related accidents, costing about $3 million for treatment, compensation and rehabilitation. There were 2,073 incidents of workers fainting and one of the main reasons cited was psychosocial hazards.

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