Every business and worker should prepare self-protection measures against labour accidents, occupational diseases, fire and explosion.

This is the theme of the 17th National Week on Occupational Health and Safety – Fire and Explosion Prevention, which was launched on March 15 in Vung Tau city, the central province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

The event brought together representatives from the Hanoi-based International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA Mining), and over 4,000 local workers.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said the Party and State place due attention to protect health and life of businesses and employees.

In 2013, the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee issued a direction on promoting labour hygiene and safety in the industrialisation, modernisation and international integration period.

The Prime Minister has also approved a national programme on labour hygiene and safety between 2011 and 2015.

Last year, the State President signed a decision on Vietnam ’s official participation in the ILO Convention 187 featuring the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, he said.

The Law on labour hygiene and safety is expected to take effect in early 2016, he added.

According to the National Steering Committee for Occupational Health and Safety – Fire and Explosion Prevention, more than 6,700 labour accidents occurred nationwide in 2014, killing 630 and injuring 1,544 workers.

The same year, the country reported 2,370 fires, claiming 90 lives, leaving 143 injured, damaging an economic loss of over 1.3 trillion VND (62 million USD), and destroying over 1,300 hectares of forest.-VNA