Jakarta (ANTARA) - Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah launched the National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program for the 2024–2029 period on Thursday in a bid to promote the implementation of OSH in Indonesia.

"This is an initiative that stems from our steadfast commitment to making OSH a culture and spreading it evenly on a national scale," she said during the launch event, which was livestreamed from Jakarta.

Fauziyah said she sees the program as necessary since the OSH culture has yet to be implemented uniformly in the country, as reflected by data from state health insurer BPJS Kesehatan, which has shown an increased number of work accidents and occupational illness cases.

The number of work accident insurance claims increased from 182,835 in 2019 to 221,740, 234,370, and 297,725 in the three succeeding years, she added.

In the first half of 2023, BPJS Kesehatan recorded 159,127 work accident insurance claims from wage recipient workers, 7,845 from non-wage recipient workers, and 1,363 from construction workers. The number of occupational illness cases stood at 91 during the period.

Fauziyah said that the Government Regulation No. 50 of 2012 on the implementation of the OSH management system follows up on Law No. 1 of 1970 concerning work safety, which underlines the importance of building an OSH culture.

Indonesia has also ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 187 of 2006 regarding the promotional framework for OSH by issuing Presidential Regulation No. 34 of 2014.

"By launching the document of the National OSH Program for the 2024–2029 period, we aim to further solidify our commitment," she said, adding that the document is crucial to ensure the synergy and collaboration required for the adoption of the OSH culture.

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