Tim De Meyer, Director of the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia said in his opening remarks that being able to work in a safe and healthy environment is a human right. Preventing accidents, injuries and diseases from occurring in the workplace protects people’s income-generating capacity and such directly supports income security for working women and men and their families. A healthy workplace and a secure income is good for productivity and economic growth. He commended the great efforts that the Chinese government devoted to OSH issues, including ratifying three ILO OSH conventions, putting forwarding work safety as one of the priorities of the government’s work, etc.. He also indicated that challenges remain for the tremendous number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). SME owners and managers often lack awareness of the significant cost implications of accidents or work-related ill health and they tend to be reactive rather than adopting a preventive stance towards OSH. The ILO SCORE project provides easy-to-apply preventive tools to SMEs and adopts a training of trainers approach so as to offer professional and tailored business development services in a sustainable way.
Bai Ran, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department of SAWS emphasized that SAWS attaches great importance to the infrastructure building and capacity development of work safety in SMEs with a view to promote sustainable development of enterprises. Shang Wenqi, Deputy Director of Division No. 4 for Safety Supervision of SAWS stressed that the machinery manufacturing sector has a weak infrastructure for work safety and it is more prone to occupational hazards. Therefore, it is meaningful and practical to select machinery manufacturing as the first pilot sector for SCORE training. He proposed that in practice SCORE training can be combined with the work of work safety standardization.
Xing Jianguo, Deputy Director of Sichuan SAWS hoped that SCORE pilot training in Deyang could generate demonstrative results and promote enterprise training and self capacity building in Sichuan.
About 50 participants from different levels and departments of SAWS attended the launching ceremony.