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10
Apr
2017
OIC/SMIIC 5 General Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health

OIC/SMIIC 5 General Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health

The “General Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health(OSH)” has been adopted by SMIIC as the OIC/SMIIC 5 Standard.

Voting on the adoption of “General Guidelines on OSH” as an OIC/SMIIC Standard was completed on 07 April 2017 by SMIIC Member States. The draft standard which was submitted directly to voting received sufficient votes to be adopted as OIC/SMIIC 5 Standard.

The approved final draft of the standard was prepared by the OIC Network for Occupational Safety and Health (OIC-OSHNET) and the relevant studies for standardisation were taken by SMIIC upon request of the labour ministers of OIC Member States during the 3rd Islamic Conference on Labour Ministers (ICLM) which was held in Jakarta on 28-30 October 2015.

After adoption of the OIC Framework for Cooperation on Labour, Employment and Social Protection (Framework) by the Resolution on The Cooperation on Labour, Employment and Social Protection Among the OIC Member States at the Second Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers, held on 25-26 April 2013, in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, the SMIIC General Secretariat was asked by OIC General Secretariat to submit possible actions for the relevant components of the programmes in the Framework. 

 With this regard, after several discussion and coordination meetings with The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), who was also responsible for the same relevant components of the programmes of the framework and already initiated the OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network (OIC-OSHNET); it was decided to initiate a study to prepare an OSH Frame Standard: “GENERAL GUIDELINES ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH)” by OIC Network for Occupational Safety and Health (OIC OSHNET) with the contribution of SMIIC General Secretariat from the standardization point of view.

 Throughout the study, SESRIC jointly organised with the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey a workshop on “Occupational Safety and Health Regulations and Standards” on 4 May 2014 with the participation of Occupational Safety and Health Authorities of OIC Member Countries. The Workshop revised the first draft of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Regulations and Standards, which was prepared by the General Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, the SESRIC and SMIIC. The workshop also explored ways and means of the adoption and enforcement of International OSH Regulations and Standards and to popularize occupational health and safety standards with regard to projects financed by relevant OIC Institutions in line with the Baku Declaration adopted by the Second Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers.

 The draft Framework was then submitted to the First Steering Committee Meeting for the Implementation of the OIC Framework for Cooperation on Labour, Employment and Social Protection held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, on 17-18 June 2014. The Committee took note of the General Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health In this regard, the Committee requested the General Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, the SESRIC and the SMIIC to finalize an OIC-OSHNET Draft Standards. The Committee also agreed to submit the General Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health to the 3rd ICLM which was scheduled to be held Jakarta, Indonesia.

 The revised Framework was shared with the OSH Authorities of the OIC Member Countries to collect all views or comments, and then was incorporated and finalised by the OIC Network for Occupational Safety and Health (OIC-OSHNET) and was submitted to the 3rd ICLM which was held in Jakarta on 28-30 October 2015. The labour ministers of OIC Member States were then approved the final version the “General Guidelines on OSH” and requested from SMIIC to undertake relevant studies for the “standardisation of Guidelines on OSH”.