GCC conference on occupational health and safety held
(Kuwait) – A Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) conference called for implementing national policies, strategies and plans on occupational health and safety.
The fifth GCC conference on occupational health and safety was organised by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the health ministries of the GCC member states, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The recommendations sum up the outcome of the conference seeking to apply, and promote, occupational health in the GCC countries, president of the conference Dr. Ahmed Al Shatti said.
He stressed the necessity of linking the occupational health strategies to the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Al Shatti noted that the conference also called for drawing up a plan of the hazards of occupational health, besides regularly following up the application of the relevant GCC strategy and the guidelines of the international conventions on chronic non-communicable diseases.
Participants also stressed the need to set up industrial medical centres and form task teams at the occupational health departments in the GCC states.
The centres will analyse the hazards of occupational health and identify work priorities, which is expected to help a lot to counter problems, Al Shatti said.