According to the ILO, every year more than 2.3 million workers die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases (of those, about half occur in Asia-Pacific) while another 317 million workers suffer from work-related accidents. The economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global GDP each year.
In order to facilitate the improvement of OSH practices in APEC economies and provide guidance for further APEC work in this field, Russia proposes to conduct a seminar for experts in OSH from government, academia and business. The discussion will center on promoting a culture of prevention on OSH and include three main sections:
1) National Systems: Governmental strategies, mechanisms and models to support a culture of prevention at the national level;
2) Education Systems: Public and private-funded education programs to facilitate the development of a culture of prevention; and
3) Corporate Systems: Demonstration of companies’ best practices for fostering a culture of prevention.
Experts will be invited to draw up recommendations for further APEC work in OSH.
The seminar will be conducted on the margins of the 3rd
Russian Occupational Health and Safety Week (RHSW) in Sochi, Russia, on 12 April 2017. Participants of the APEC seminar are warmly welcomed to participate in other events of the Week.