SIEM REAP, 4 April 2018 – Nineteen private companies from ten ASEAN countries received the 2nd ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Awards in Siem Reap, Cambodia yesterday. Jointly presented by Dr. Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the awards recognised the companies’ excellent achievements in realising safe and healthy workplaces.

The awards also supports the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ vision of ensuring a favourable environment for economic growth and a productive, competent, competitive workforce. There are two categories of Excellence Awards for companies with good OSH management systems and performances, and Best Practice Awards for small and medium-sized enterprises with good OSH practices.

Nineteen companies from ten ASEAN Member States received the Awards are Haji Adinin and Sons (B) Sdn Bhd (Brunei Darussalam); PDS Meat Industries (B) Sdn Bhd (Brunei Darussalam); Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp (Cambodia); Mong Reththy Group (Cambodia); PT. Indonesia Power Unit Pembangkitan Bali (Indonesia); CV. Mubarokfood Cipta Delicia (Indonesia); Phu Bia Mining Limited (Lao PDR); Langsat Terminal (One) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia); FYS Marketing Sdn Bhd (Malaysia); United Paints Group Co.,Ltd. (Myanmar); Unilever (Myanmar) Co.,Ltd (Myanmar); Sunpower Philippines Manufacturing Limited (the Philippines); Bagnos Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Banna Blend Rice Coffee) (the Philippines); Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center (Singapore); LSK Engineering (S) Pte Ltd (Singapore); Thai Stanley Electric Public Company Limited (Thailand); IRPC Public Company Limited (IRPC Ayutthaya Depot) (Thailand); Duy Tan Plastics Corporation (Viet Nam); and Cat Hai Joint-Stock Aquatic Processing & Service (Viet Nam).

Prior to the awards ceremony, the 19th ASEAN-Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET) Coordinating Board Meeting (CBM-19) was convened on 2-3 April. Chaired by Cambodia, the meeting discussed the follow-up actions to the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Statement on Improving Occupational Safety and Health for Sustainable Economic Growth signed by the ASEAN Labour Ministers in September last year. It also reviewed the Implementation of the ASEAN-OSHNET Plan of Actions 2016-2020. Several projects were rolled out for this year including an ASEAN research on economic justification of OSH in the construction sector and 2nd ASEAN Red Ribbon for Outstanding Workplace (ARROW) Award. A common checklist for OSH inspection standards was developed. Complementing this, the ASEAN-OSHNET Scorecard was adopted to track country performances in lowering occupational accidents and work-related illness. At national level, ASEAN Member States continue to update their national OSH profiles using the International Labour Organisation Convention 187 (promotional framework for OSH) as a framework and conduct national OSH campaigns annually.

Today, the conference on OSH and work injury compensation in informal sector and rural employment was convened. It was the fifth organised by the ASEAN-OSHNET since 2014 and attended by labour officials, private companies and other stakeholders from ASEAN Member States, as well as partners from the State Administration of Work Safety of China, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency, International Labour Organization, International Association of Labour Inspection, and Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization.