ASEM Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Symposium on Developing a Preventive OSH Culture

The ASEM Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Symposium on Developing a Preventive OSH Culture was held in Singapore from 10 to 11 September 2012. Co-organised by France, Singapore and the European Commission, the symposium was an outcome of the 3rd Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Labour and Employment Minister’s Conference in Leiden, Netherlands on 12 to 14 December 2010 under the Leiden Declaration and "Leiden Framework of Action".

Implementing OSH within companies through the development of a Preventive OSH Culture, including focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), was the theme of the symposium. To drive sustainable improvements of OSH, OSH Strategies need to focus on developing a preventive OSH culture. There is a strong need to promote awareness that a good OSH performance improves the well-being of workers and has a positive impact on productivity, employability and competitiveness.

The symposium featured sharing and discussions with public and private sector representatives from ASEM partner countries on the development and implementation of OSH Strategies to create a strong preventive OSH culture. Focus on efforts of SMEs in this regard was also included.