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Improving Occupational Health and Safety for Employees

Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with law firm Phuoc & Partners LLC, with International SOS Foundation, organised a workshop themed “Vietnam Employer’s Duty of Care: Occupational Health & Safety for Employees: A Legal Perspective and Employer Best Practices.”
 
This is the first "Duty of Care" workshop to be held in Vietnam by International SOS Foundation, and event held annually in 27 countries around the world.
 
Accordingly, the workshop focused on employers’ duty of care, including Vietnamese companies, multinational companies and foreign companies based in Vietnam in two main aspects: From the perspective of domestic employees, both Vietnamese and foreign employees sent to work in Vietnam, and from the perspective of Vietnamese employees taken to work abroad.
 
Analyses on the above legal frameworks showed that Vietnamese labour laws have developed significantly to extend the scope of duty of care to all Vietnamese companies sending employees abroad and hiring foreign employees working in Vietnam. The workshop thus aimed to promote better care standards that go beyond the conventional scope to any place where employees are sent to work.
 
In addition to legal obligations, to reduce compensation risks and business disruptions of employers, the workshop also shared about the roadmap for prevention and management of incidents to reduce cost risks and reputation damage, promote labour productivity in the business, check health conditions and provide occupational health instructions.
 
Francis Chong, CEO of International SOS Vietnam, stressed, “Duty of care is not only a legal obligation but also a decisive factor to a company’s success. How to take care of employees will reflect how employers protect the most valuable property as the core value of the business. In addition, recommendations in the article “Duty of care Vietnam” will certainly assist Vietnamese companies to achieve certain efficiencies from prevention to enhancing competitiveness on global markets, and more specifically assisting them to fulfil corporate social responsibility.”
 
Gia Minh








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