Manila – The results of the Institute of Labor Studies (ILS) paper on the Gap Analysis of Key International Labor Organization (ILO) Occupational Safety and Health Conventions OSH was validated through a National Sectoral Analysis that was conducted last October 6 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

The paper titled, “Gap Analysis of Key ILO OSH Conventions” is authored by ILS OIC-Deputy Executive Director Brenalyn A. Peji. The study is part of the global project of the ILO on occupational safety and health (OSH) called “Building a generation of Safe and Healthy Workers – SafeYouth@Work Project funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).  One of the key elements of the said project is the alignment of national laws and regulations with ILO OSH instruments, and to support national efforts to ratify ILO OSH Conventions.

Efforts to integrate ILO standards on OSH into national legislation are limited to the ratification of Convention. No. 176 or the Safety and health in Mines Convention, 1995, and the current consideration of ratification of Convention No. 187 or the Promotional Framework for the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006, which has been pending at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs for several years.

The research focused on the C155 – Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981, and P155-Protocal of 2002 to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention 1981, which complement Convention 187 in establishing and strengthening the national OSH system of a member state.

During the consultation, a presentation on ILO Convention No. 155, Protocol 155 and Convention No. 187 was conducted by Ms. Katherine Brimon, National Coordinator of ILO for Decent Work in the Philippines, and DOLE’s Thrust on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) by Nicanor V. Bon, Chief of the Wage and Hour Standard Division from the Bureau of Working Conditions.

The presentations were followed by a sectoral workshop on C-155 and P155. The results of the Gap Analysis will be presented to the public during the 6th DOLE Research Conference on December 12-13.

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