RMIT Vietnam NewsRaising the bar on workplace health and safety

Raising the bar on workplace health and safety

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:50
Dr Duc presenting at the seminar

A government run seminar has looked at ways to improve workplace health and safety for small to medium enterprises in central Vietnam. 

The seminar, held in Da Nang on 28 March 2014, brought together government and industry to discuss occupational health and safety (OH&S) solutions and models for improvement.

RMIT Vietnam's OH&S Manager - Medical Advisor Quan Hong Duc MD was invited to present at the seminar by the Chairman of the National Program on Occupational Health and Safety Professor Le Van Trinh.

Dr Duc's presentation focused on models for OH&S management systems as well as the current situation for small to medium enterprises across Vietnam.

Dr Duc said effective management of OH&S can be achieved through an internationally recognised system such as the OHSAS 18001 together with a comprehensive training and education program to help raise and improve health and safety awareness across all levels of an enterprise.

"This is a system which is recognised around the world for its standards in occupational health and safety management," Dr Duc said.

"As well as the improvements in health and safety performance, there are many other benefits for enterprises who work towards obtaining certification with a common set of safety standards such as the OHSAS 18001.

"It helps to increase employee productivity, decrease the risk of costs associated with workplace accidents, enhance reputation as an employer, build employee competencies plus improve skills, behaviours and standards of leadership."

Dr Duc's presentation was highly welcomed and appreciated by the government and industry attendees at the seminar.

Chairman of the National Program on Occupational Health and Safety Professor Le Van Trinh said RMIT Vietnam is one of the first universities in the country to successfully build its OH&S management system in a professional way as well as engage on OH&S with employees and students.

Professor Trinh saw RMIT Vietnam's work in OH&S when he attended the university's 2013 health and safety campaign at the Saigon South site.

The recent seminar in Da Nang was held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the National Program on Occupational Health and Safety.

It was the last of three seminars on the same topic with the first in Hanoi and the second in Ho Chi Minh City.