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National Policies for Occupational Health and Safety
New Legislation Enacted
Authors: Sara Khoja, Partner and Head of Employment, and Sarit Thomas, Knowledge Management Counsel – Clyde & Co.
Decision No. 379 of 1443 seeks to establish the national Council for Occupational Safety and Health which will oversee the implementation of national policies for occupational health and safety. The council will seek to undertake the following: (i) Review legislation, regulations, bylaws, programs and any other regulatory tools related to occupational safety and health, and propose necessary amendments; (ii) Work on establishing an effective and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system; (iii) Working on developing a comprehensive national program for reporting work accidents, injuries and occupation-related diseases, and documenting reports and results of investigations related to them, in coordination with the relevant authorities; (iv) Providing advice and technical support; (v) Working on developing and adopting a governance structure for occupational safety and health at the national level; (vi) Coordinating the roles and responsibilities among the government entities concerned with the occupational safety and health; (vii) Approving the national programs and initiatives related to occupational safety and health; (viii) Enhancing cooperation between employers, workers, and their representatives; (ix) Evaluating the impact and sustainability of occupational safety and health activities; (x) Spread awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health; (xi) Working to develop resources and capabilities in the field of occupational safety and health; and (xii) Reviewing international reports related to occupational safety and health.