50th Industrial Safety Health Emphasis Week Keys on Health and Safety of Workers
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50th Industrial Safety Health Emphasis Week Keys on Health and Safety of Workers
President Moon Jae-in stresses workers safety and lives in message beamed to the event declaring turnaround in paradim of industrial safety at Coex where some 25,000 workers business owners and public attended

25(Fri), Aug, 2017

President Moon Jae-in delivers a commemorative video message at a ceremony to celebrate the 50th Industrial Safety Health Emphasis Week at Coex in Seoul.

Vice Minister Yi Sung-ki of the Ministry of Employment and Labor give a speech at the 50th Industrial Safety Health Emphasis Week ceremony. (Photos: MOEL)

The 50th Industrial Safety Health Emphasis Week events took place from July 3-7 at Coex in southern Seoul, with some 25,000 workers, business owners and the public in attendance.

For first time as the nation’s Chief Executive, President Moon Jae-in aired his message to the ceremony entitled the New Government Industrial Safety Health Policies. Moon said in the message that the new government places top value on protection of people’s lives, as there is nothing is more valuable than the lives and safety of the workers, declaring a turnaround in the paradigm for industrial safety.

Project owners and prime contractors should be responsible for the dangers that occur at their industrial sites. Industrial sites where deaths occur should be closed until safety measures are secured, the president said. Around 1,000 labor union leaders both Hannochong and Minnochong, the Korea Employers Federation, and the representatives of the other related social organizations and Vice Minister Yi Sung-ki of the Employment and Labor attended the ceremony at Coex on July 3.

Both the Ministry of Employment and Labor and the Korea occupational  Industrial Safety Health Corp. (KOSHA) pledged to prepare for the event to let the people know the crucial importance of industrial safety. They wanted to allow for easy access by making them more diversified. 

The main slogan of the gathering read, “Jointly Protected Safety, Health and Happy Future Jointly Created,” to show that every part of society, including business owners, workers and the general public, is united to protect safety and health.

The 2017 International Safety and Health Exhibition was held during the 50th Industrial Safety and Health Emphasis Week and is organized by the Safety and Health Corporation. It was sponsored by the Korea Safety and Health Association. Major corporations and professional stakeholders from both the domestic and international health and safety industry participated in the event.

They also visited an exhibition of safety and health to witness the changes to Korea’s safety and health policies over the past 50 years, as well as the development of safety and health equipment presented by a score of experts from around the world. 

Those experts included the heads of ISSA, DBUV and INRS and experts of safety and health from other countries. A symposium was also held on the prevention of industrial accidents and the tasks on hand to ensure the future safety and health, two of the subjects for discussion at an international symposium.

Thirty-five seminars took place to take up key subjects related to the 4th industrial revolution and health at job places, and other issues at various industrial sites.

Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency led by Chairman Lee Young-soon held the Future Strategy Conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the KOSHA at Coex, Seoul, July 4.

At the conference, a series of new strategies were announced for industrial safety and health to make a “new start” for the agency to deal with these problems.

The keynote speakers included ISSA’s Sec.-Gen. Hans Konkolewsky; Vice Chairman Walter Eichendorf of DGUV of Germany; and Chairman Stephane Pimbert of INRS of France. Chairman Lee Young-soon said, “we at Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency will work hard to keep the lives and health of working people and make Korea safer and KOSHA a leading company in the world.” 

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