2023 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Campaign

Safety and health at work: Nationwide campaign launched in Mongolia

With the support of ILO-EU projects, tripartite partners in Mongolia organize a month-long OSH campaign in April 2023, aiming to foster a culture of safety and health across all sectors in the country.

News | Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia | 05 April 2023

Since 2012, April has been dedicated to promoting Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Mongolia. This year, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Occupational Safety and Health Center of Mongolia, Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions, and Mongolian Employers' Federation joined forces to organize an integrated month-long campaign. The campaign was supported by "SDG-aligned budgeting to transform employment in Mongolia" and "Trade for Decent Work" projects, implemented by the International Labour Organization and funded by the European Union.

This year, Mongolia held its OSH campaign under the slogan "Safe and Healthy Workplace - Our Fundamental Right". The slogan was decided upon by tripartite partners to align with the theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and the ILO's decision to include “a safe and healthy working environment” in the framework of fundamental principles and rights at work. 

The month-long multimedia campaign has included public service announcements (PSAs), a social-media photo challenge and an art competition for secondary school students.

This year's OSH campaign took a unique approach by integrating multimedia activities, including PSA dissemination on TV stations, inter-province public transportation and online channels across Mongolia. This helped us effectively reach difficult-to-access rural areas."

Otgonbaatar Sanduijav, Head of the Department of Training, Research, Information and Cooperation at the Occupational Safety and Health Center, and organizer of OSH 2023 campaign. 

Public service announcements (PSAs) 

The campaign produced two public service announcements (PSAs) to promote occupational safety and health as a fundamental right among workers and their families. The first video features real workers from different sectors, each holding pieces of paper with messages about why it is important to prioritize OSH. The second PSA tells the story of a construction worker's family, portraying their concern upon learning about an accident at the father's workplace. However, the video ends on a positive note, depicting the father's safe return home, bringing reassurance and relief to the family.

Campaign videos were placed on 400 coaches traveling across Mongolia reaching over 21 thousand passengers. © ILO
To reach a wide audience, the campaign screened the PSAs on 400 coaches traveling across provinces in Mongolia. With a focus on mineworkers, who face a high risk of accidents and diseases, the PSAs successfully engaged diverse viewers in remote regions, including viewers commuting to the mining sites in the Gobi desert such as Rio Tinto's underground mine, Ukhaa Khudag, and Bayangol coal mines.

The videos were viewed by an estimated 21 thousand passengers, contributing to the dissemination of the campaign's message across all provinces in the country.

In addition, the PSAs were aired on three major television stations: Mongolian National Broadcaster (MNB), Tenger TV and Malchin TV in prime-time broadcasts over 20 days, increasing the campaign's visibility and outreach.

"Safe and healthy workplace is..." photo challenge 

Participants of the social media photo challenge. © ILO

Polytechnical college employees from Tov aimag (province), Mongolia. © ILO 
This year's OSH campaign launched a photo challenge inviting individuals from all sectors and regions of Mongolia to say what occupational safety and health meant to them, with the aim to encourage greater public participation and amplify that a safe and healthy work environment is a fundamental right for every worker.

More than 1600 participants, including forestry workers, correctional officers, mineworkers, police officers, railway station staff, public bus drivers, and school teachers from various professions, shared their photos on Facebook, where each person held a piece of paper that defined their understanding of occupational safety and health. The campaign attracted a diverse range of participants from different companies, trade unions, and schools.

Read more about the photo challenge: 'Safe and Healthy Workplace is...' photo challenge

Children's drawing contest to build a culture of safety 

With a focus on instilling a safety culture among future generations, ILO project "Trade for Decent Work" collaborated with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Center to host a drawing contest among secondary school students, centered around the theme "Safe and Healthy Work: Our Future". The contest aimed to engage young minds and stimulate their creativity while promoting the principles of occupational safety and health. More than 320 artworks were submitted from various locations across Mongolia, including rural areas via mail.

1st Place: J. Dorjjargal from Umnogovi aimag (province), Southern Mongolia, School No. 1, 11th Grade. © ILO
To learn more about the art contest, visit: Fostering workplace safety culture in Mongolia through art

Campaign highlights:
  • Through the collaborative efforts of tripartite partners and the strategic dissemination of campaign materials, the campaign reached over half a million people. 
  • Public service announcements (PSAs) were placed on 400 inter-province buses and broadcasted on major television stations to reach the general public. 
  • A social media photo challenge engaged over 1600 participants, representing various professions, including forestry workers, railway station staff, correctional officers, public bus drivers, and mineworkers, who shared their photos and personal definitions of occupational safety and health on social media.
  • A drawing contest was organized among secondary school students to instill a safety culture among future generations. More than 320 artworks were submitted from various locations across Mongolia, including rural areas.

For more information please contact:

Tselmeg Urtnasan
Project Communication Officer
Country Office for China and Mongolia