WHO/ILO Meeting on Strengthening Occupational Health and Safety, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23 to 25 November 2005
The WHO/ILO Meeting on Strengthening Occupational Health and Safety was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 23 to 25 November 2005. The objectives of the meeting were: 1) to review the state of development and implementation of: a) the national programmes/action plans/profiles on occupational health and safety of participating countries, and identify areas that require strengthening; b) the concept and approach of basic occupational health services and other similar initiatives to improve the provision of occupational health; c) the areas of action identified at the WHO/ILO meeting on strengthening occupational health in Asia and the Pacific in 2003; 2) to review the ILO 2003 Global Strategy and the process and interim outcomes of the development of a WHO Global Plan of Action for 2007-2015, and discuss their relevance to the Region; and 3) to recommend the future course of action for ILO and WHO collaboration with Asian countries to strengthen their occupational health programmes. The meeting was attended by 26 participants from 12 countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. They are technical government officials from health and labour agencies and staff of relevant institutions involved in occupational health and safety. Four observers from India, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, and three temporary advisers also attended the meeting. In addition, three WHO staff from the Regional Offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific as well as Headquarters, and one staff member from the International Labour Organization served as the meeting Secretariat.