National study on the system for recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases in the Republic of Moldova

The study is based on relevant ILO standards and is mainly aimed at 1) exploring the basic practices and procedures applied at both national and workplace levels; and 2) providing information to promote the application of a coherent and harmonised system for collection, recording and notification of reliable data on the topic, and related statistics at the workplace, at both national and international levels.

The ILO has adopted international standards aimed at creating a harmonised approach for OSH management, which includes reporting and notification of occupational accidents and diseases. The primary instruments for the latter include the Protocol of 2002 (Protocol 155) to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155), and the ILO Code of Practice on "Recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases". It should also be noted that the ILO, with the support of the European Union and the Swedish International Development Agency, is currently developing guidelines for improving the system for recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases.

While collecting data for this study, the consultant reviewed the recommended ILO standards and the related national laws and by-laws, as well as the normative acts. Additionally, the consultant met with professionals dealing with the administration of the different aspects of recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases. They represented the following bodies and institutions: employers’ and workers’ organisations, the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, the Labour Inspection Services, the National Centre for Public Health, the National Bureau of Statistics and the National House of Social Insurance.

The study’s preliminary findings and recommendations have been validated by the participants who attended the National Tripartite Workshop, which took place on 26 January 2012 in Chisinau. As proposed by the Government and representatives from the social partners, the above recommendations will be mainstreamed in the National Programme on Safety and Health at Work for 2012-2016 for future implementation.

Published within the framework of the "Improving safety and health at work through a Decent Work Agenda" project, with the financial support of the European Union.