A more intensive OSH approach and dissemination are necessary.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Manpower Ministry and International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday called for social dialogue to create a positive occupational safety and health (OSH) culture in Indonesia on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Social dialogue promotes ownership and commitment, which leads to cooperation strengthening for fast and effective implementation at every level, ILO's regional director for Asia and the Pacific, Asada Miyakawa, said in a statement issued on Thursday.

During the World Day for Safety and Health at Work National Webinar, she highlighted the crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed many challenges to ensuring workplace safety and health.

At the same time, she underlined the importance of strong and resilient work safety and health system for all parties.

To this end, social dialogue between the government, business organizations, and workers can play an important role in responding to the pandemic in entire regions.

Moreover, social dialogue is also crucial to reach an agreement concerning practical and sustainable steps to protect workers from health and safety hazards.

Manpower and OSH supervision director general at the ministry, Haiyani Rumondang, expressed similar views during the event.

A good OSH culture and system is one that is respected, believed, and supported by all elements of a company, and one of the ways to develop this is by creating participation and social dialogue, she opined.

Through social dialogue, all parties will feel that they have a responsibility in the execution of OSH, which can transform it into a culture that can be implemented in a workplace sustainably.

In addition, Indonesia is confronted with the demographic bonus which, within the context of OSH, makes the younger generation an important pillar of productivity that must be maintained, Rumondang informed.

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"Data shows that the age that most frequently experience workplace accidents is the youngsters aged 20–25 years," she noted.

"A more intensive OSH approach and dissemination are necessary," she added.

To this end, all parties are responsible for monitoring the implementation of OSH.

This is so that an OSH management system, as mandated by Law No. 13 of 2003 and Government Regulation No. 50 of 2012, can be implemented and function effectively.

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