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Work health and safety (WHS) was in the spotlight at the Labour 20 (L20) Summit in the lead-up to the G20 meeting in Brisbane last weekend.

Kicking off the L20 Summit, federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz pointed to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Declaration made in Melbourne in September.

“[It] includes the G20 Statement on Safer and Healthier Workplaces – the result of some challenging and thoughtful work by a sub-group of the Taskforce on Employment,” Abetz said in his speech to the Summit.

“The issue of safer workplaces was put on the agenda in response to the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. This tragedy, of course, is only part of a bigger issue.

“Poor health and safety practices result in an estimated 2.3 million deaths every year.”

The statement commits G20 members to develop robust WHS legal frameworks, and effective WHS enforcement, compliance, safety management and data collection in their own countries.

It also encourages countries to consider their international obligations, including ratifying relevant ILO conventions and using UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, and the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.

For more details, visit the Minister and the L20 Declaration

Published on 20 November 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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