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Australia ratifies ILO Convention on Occupational Health and Safety.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

07504

Australia Ratifies ILO Convention On Occupational Health And Safety

AUSTRALIA has joined 40 countries in ratifying the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on Occupational Safety and Health (No. 155).

Australia is one of the few Western countries to have signed and the Australian Government hopes other countries will follow its lead.

The Australian Government’s ratification sends a strong message to employers and workers that people’s health and safety at work must be guaranteed.

It is essential Australia reduces workplace injuries and fatalities.

There is also an urgent need to raise community awareness about occupational health and safety.

The ILO Convention requires ratifying countries to implement a national policy on occupational health and safety in the workplace.

A nationally consistent occupational health and safety system is being established in Australia - to achieve consistency across all state jurisdictions.

This follows the National OHS Strategy which all Australian governments, as well as peak employers and unions, have endorsed.

The construction industry is one of four priority industries under the National OHS Strategy.

The Australian Government’s plans to reform the $40 billion building and construction industry include measures to strengthen occupational health and safety.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) have both endorsed the Australian Government’s ratification.

For further information contact:

Felicity Dargan Press Secretary 0409 550 446

26/03/2004