Nanning, December 12 (Lin Hao, Wang Yizhao) Work safety accidents and occupational diseases bring pain and losses to individuals, families and society. How to prevent and curb accidents and protect the lives of workers in economic development? It has attracted much attention from the society.

From December 12 to 4, the 5 China-ASEAN Emergency Management (Work Safety) Cooperation Forum was held in Nanning, Guangxi.

The picture shows the venue of the 2023 China-ASEAN Emergency Management (Work Safety) Cooperation Forum. Photo by reporter Lin Hao

Song Yuanming, Vice Minister of Emergency Management of China, said that since the establishment of China's Ministry of Emergency Management in 2018, China has deepened the centralized management of mines, hazardous chemicals, gas, and self-built houses, and continuously improved the safety production responsibility system, effectively curbing the trend of frequent major accidents.

Song Yuanming proposed that China and ASEAN strengthen the alignment of safety production standards, jointly improve safety and security capabilities, and escort the safe and sustainable development of the economy and society of all countries.

In June 2022, the International Labour Organization (ILO) incorporated "safe and healthy working conditions" into its fundamental principles of work. Li Changhui, Director of the ILO for China and Mongolia, said at the forum that the ILO is working with China and ASEAN countries to strengthen the construction of occupational safety and health management systems, and provide safety and health protection for workers, including vulnerable groups such as women and migrants, through "South-South cooperation".

"By carrying out the construction of safety production culture and improving the safety awareness of workers, we can effectively prevent the occurrence of accidents and occupational disease risks." Ding Koke, director of the Factories and Labor Law Inspection Bureau of the Ministry of Labor of Myanmar, said.

Ding Keke believes that prevention is the best means to defuse occupational safety risks, and the experience of risk prevention provided by China is worth learning from Myanmar, and Myanmar will strengthen cooperation with China in production safety.

Idham, director of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health Assessment and Development of the Ministry of Labor of Indonesia, agreed, saying that prevention is the foundation of safe production, and in the era of rapid development of industrialization and urbanization, the government must strive to ensure that workers return home safely.

Idham suggested that ASEAN and China should strengthen cross-border cooperation and information exchange, so that more people can have the knowledge and skills to identify hazards and implement preventive measures, and improve regional safety production conditions.

According to the Inspector General of the Ministry of Labor of Thailand, Cateniracha, in order to protect the safety of workers, Thailand is launching actions to let more enterprises understand the implementation of occupational safety and health policies and reduce industrial accidents.

During the forum, Sihanoukville and Kep provinces of Cambodia signed agreements with Nanning City and Beihai City of Guangxi respectively to carry out emergency management cooperation.

Song Zhannan, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training of Cambodia, said that at present, Cambodia is formulating relevant bills, strengthening law enforcement inspections, improving the working environment of workers in small, medium and micro enterprises and rural areas, and providing relevant medical security to improve the well-being of employees.

Song Zhannan said that Cambodia hopes to work with Guangxi to promote the complementary development of emergency industries and promote sustainable economic growth. (ENDS)