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Promoting OSH... International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2006 Conference discussion on "A new instrument establishing a promotional framework in the area of occupational safety and health"

June 2006

The 95th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will be held at the "Palais des Nations", Geneva, from 31 May to 16 June 2006. Heads of States and governments, ministers of labour and senior representatives of workers and employers will meet to consider a wide range of issues. These include a discussion on "A new instrument establishing a promotional framework in the area of occupational safety and health (OSH)".

Discussion of this instrument was started at the ILC in 2005. Since then, a draft Convention and Recommendation have been prepared and commented on by governments, workers and employers organizations. Report IV(2A) was drafted on the basis of their observations and comments and report IV(2B) presents the outcome, including the proposed texts. This time, the debate will be undertake with a view to the adoption of the proposed Convention and Recommendation.

The new instrument is not meant to replace or re-interpret the other ILO conventions and recommendations. It is a mean of increasing policy coherence around occupational safety and health issues. By providing guidelines based on good practices, the new Convention and Recommendation would help countries acquire the capacity to continuously improve safety and health at work by developing national programmes, taking into account the principles set out in ILO instruments relevant to the promotional framework for occupational safety and health.

More information about the 95th Session of the ILC, 31 May - 16 June 2006.