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National Strategy for Occupational Health and Safety in Oman


The Development of the National Strategy for Worker Health in Oman is an important step that will provide the basis for future direction of occupational health. With the Help of WHO and other related sectors, a national training workshop was conducted to develop the Occupational Health and Safety Strategy.  

 As result, the draft for the National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy was formulated. The final version of the strategy was forwarded to the Occupational Health and Safety Committee in Oman for Approval.

The National strategy for Occupational Health and Safety is based on:

  • WHO Global Plan Of Action for Worker Health (2007-2012)
  • Regional framework for implementing the GPA
  • GCC strategy for occupational health and safety

The Oman National Strategy for Occupational Health and Safety is covering 5 objectives and 38 actions which will improve the worker health in Oman :

  1. devising and implementing policy instruments in worker health
  2. protection ad promotion of health at workplace
  3. improve performance and access of occupational health services
  4. provide and communicate evidence for action and practice
  5. incorporate worker's health into other policies

Why National Strategyfor OHS in Oman?

  • To improve the health and safety of the workforce
  • To decrease inequalities in working conditions
  • To stimulate productivity and decent work
  • To improve competitiveness of Omani economy
  • To fulfil regional and international obligations

Basis

  • Inter-sectoral approach
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advocacy
  • Evidence-Based occupational Health:
  • WHO Global Plan Of Action for Worker Health (2007-2012)
  • Regional framework for implementing the GPA
  • GCC strategy for occupational health and safety

Scope and Purpuse

To provide a framework for concerted action by the different stakeholders for protecting and promoting the health of workers.

Principle for Action

  • All workers should be able to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and favourable working conditions.
  • The workplace should not be detrimental to health and wellbeing.
  • Primary prevention of occupational health hazards should be given priority.
  • All components of health systems should be involved in an integrated response to the specific health needs of working populations)
  • The workplace can also serve as a setting for delivery of other essential public-health interventions, and for health promotion
  • Activities related to workers’ health should be planned, implemented and evaluated with a view to reducing inequalities in workers’ health within and between countries
  • Workers and employers and their representatives should also participate in such activities.

Main Objectives
5 objectives, including 35diffrent specific actions

  1. To devise and implement policy instruments on workers’ health
    • Build political commitment
    • publish national profile on workers’ health
    • Strengthen the occupational safety and health committee
    • participation by employers and workers
    • Communication, networking, partnerships
    • Ratify ILO Conventions(the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, Convention No. 187 and 155 for health and safety)
    • Ban on asbestos
    • Occupational Health for Health care Workers
    • Occupational health for expatriate workers
    • Provide a framework for enforcing the Regulation of Occupational Safety and Health for establishments governed by labour law )

  2. To protect and promote health at workplace
    • Ban completely tobacco smoking in all indoor workplaces
    • Guidelines for Healthy workplace
    • Strengthen workplace health inspection
    • Introduce the healthy workplace criteria into the HM Award for best five factories (Canadian, ILO and WHO)
    • Practical tools for risk assessment and management

  3. To improve the performance and access to occupational health services
    • Ratify ILO convention (161) on occupational health services
    • Introduce regulation and standards on occupational health services
    • Incorporate occupational health services into the National Health Policy and into the plans for primary health care
    • capacity building of human resource in occupational health and safety

  4. To provide and communicate evidence for action and practice
    • Update the National list of Occupational Diseases
    • Improve medical surveillance of workers
    • Strengthening the surveillance of occupational diseases and injuries
    • Management of work-related disability
    • National campaigns for occupational health and safety and celebration of World Health Day for Safety and Health at Work-28 April
    • Incorporate workers’ health into the national research agenda


  5. To incorporate workers’ health into other policies
    • Strengthen collaboration between ministries of health and all other ministries (agriculture, environment and municipality):

    • - Environmental protection
      - Climate change
      - Chemical safety
      - Pesticides management

    • Incorporate worker health in the national strategy for chemical safety, waste management, emergency preparedness plan.
    • Health Impacts Assessment for all worker polices
    • occupational health component of student curricula in university, medical school and secondary education

Implimentation of Strategy

  • The strategy was circulated to all members of OHS committee for comments and suggestions
  • Approval from OHS committee
  • The OHS Committee will monitor the progress made in the implementation and will ensure the coordination among the different sectors.
  • Each sectors will incorporate the activities under the plan of action into their work plans and will allocate resources for their implementation
  • The OSH Committee and the ministries of health and manpower will stimulate international collaboration with WHO, ILO , GCC , International Social Security Association and the international organizations with employers and trade unions (implementation, studying good practice in other countries and in implementing international instruments)