The meeting gathered participants from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
AHIK President, Sattar Mekhbaliyev, addressed the audience with an opening speech as well as representatives of the Ministry of labour and social protection, employers’ association and ILO office in Baku.
The speakers pointed out the vital role of OHS issues for sustainable development and the necessity to discuss such problems in a tri-partite manner as part od the social dialogue.
The country reports highlighted achievements and union struggle for better working conditions, as well as hazardous OHS conditions on workplaces in the countries of the region.
The participants, the experts in occupational health and safety touched upon recent trends in OHS policies and practices, challenges and potential measures to improve the state of affairs.
Victor Kempa, ETUI expert, presented EU OHS outline, including accident and casualties statistics, regulatory framework and legislation.
During the group work participants discussed further networking opportunities and ways to apply information to boost efficiency and strengthen unions position on occupational health and safety.