At 13th National Occupational Safety and Health Congress
Strategies for improving OSH systems, management occupies top billing

Safety and health experts from Japan, Korea, the World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, as well as safety and health practitioners from various government agencies, organizations, and occupational safety and health networks (OSHNETS) across the regions will gather under one roof at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) from 24-25 October 2012 for the13th National Occupational Safety and Health (NOSH) Congress, OSHC executive director Dr. Maria Teresita Cucueco announced yesterday.

“At this 13th NOSH Congress, we will not only gather the experts, resource persons, practitioners, and participants to share their researches, experiences, and proven strategies on improving worker protection through safety and health. We also aim to raise the level of knowledge and understanding of individuals on how OSH can improve productivity and of enterprises and industries on how to further enhance their competitiveness,” said Cucueco in an update report on the Congress to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
Baldoz, who is scheduled to deliver the keynote address to the Congress said the gathering is a valuable opportunity for the DOLE and its partners to engage each other more actively in order to further strengthen the growing culture of safety and health among workers and enterprises.

“Ensuring that our workers, whether here or abroad, are free from workplace accidents and illnesses is of utmost importance to us. This is why, the theme of this Congress, which is, “Ensuring enterprise competitiveness through occupational safety and health,” is very appropriate. This theme is in line with the DOLE’s thrust to promote and enhance the country’s labor market efficiency as one of the competitiveness pillars,” said Secretary Baldoz.

More than 500 participants are expected to attend the two-day, biennial event which will also feature poster presentations and other OSH strategy innovations.

There will be three plenary sessions and 10 simultaneous sessions, all of which will be focused discussions of emerging OSH issues and on the integration of safety and health into various industries, as well as the results of implementing OSH programs in various workplaces.

Director Cucueco thanked the safety and health experts who agreed to share their researches and innovations on OSH during the Congress.

“I am truly grateful that we have many advocates who are not only working for the productivity of their own companies, but who also are generously sharing their knowledge, experiences, and discoveries on improving worker protection in order to enable other establishment to be competitive,” Cucueco finally said.

Any question on this release? Please contact Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, MD, CESO III, Executive Director, Occupational Safety and Health Center, North Avenue corner Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City with telephone numbers 929-6036 to 39 and e-mail address:

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