08/07/2010

EU-OSHA starts building links with India

Tim Tregenza

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has a significant role in the building of links to improve worker safety not only in Europe but also around the world. While the main focus of Agency activities is with the Member States, contacts with non-European organisations is important for the sharing of knowledge and solutions in occupational safety and health.

On July 7 and 8, EU-OSHA welcomed a tripartite delegation from India. This visit, coordinated by DG Employment, allowed the Agency to network with employer, worker, and government representatives from the world's largest democracy. N.M. Sukumaran (All India Secretary for Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh), Anil Sinha (President - Human Resources and Corporate Affairs of Hindalco Industries Limited), Babulal B. Todi (Todi Industries PVT Ltd), Anup Chandra Pandey (Ministry of Labour and Employment), and V.P. Yajurvedi (Director, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India) brought experience and expertise to the discussions on prevention in a globalised labour market.

The focus of the discussions were on the use of statistics to identify trends in employment and occupational safety and health, and on the use of goal-setting legislation such as the 89/391/EEC "framework" directive. This first meeting with representatives from India is a starting point for the development of mutually beneficial links.