Greetings! I hope 2022 had been kind to every one
of you. I am sure that many of us are relieved that most of the world have
gradually resumed normalcy and started to live with COVID-19. I am also certain
that with this experience, governments, institutions, labour inspectorates, and
individuals would be better prepared to face any pandemic in the future.
As workplaces resumes normalcy, the work of labour
inspectorates also resumes normalcy, albeit with new challenges in a
post-pandemic world. Labour inspectors need to adapt to new technological
developments and changes in the world of work accelerated by COVID-19, to be
better equipped to address new types of work hazard and accidents.
The International Labour Organization (ILO)
recently made a declaration in June 2022 to include a safe and healthy working
environment as the fifth Fundamental Principle and Right at Work. This landmark
decision validates the importance of the work of labour inspectorates around
the world, and IALI is committed to the promotion of this fundamental
principle. We stand ready to support members and provide the necessary
technical expertise to help achieve decent work for all.
We saw many travel restrictions removed in 2022,
which allowed the transition of virtual events back to traditional physical
events. This gave us the opportunity to reconnect with many of our peers from
around the world. We were able to attend several physical events as well, such
as the G20 OSH Network Annual Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and the first
physical IALI EC Meeting in Cuenca, Spain, for the current Executive Committee.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Ana for making the necessary
arrangements in hosting us.
IALI will be involved in the 23rd World
Congress on Health and Safety at Work, a week-long conference to be hosted in
Sydney in November 2023. We are planning to host a side event to put IALI at
the forefront of this event, further details would be provided in due course.
Aside from participating actively in the upcoming discussions, the IALI EC is
looking to present several topics at the event and have submitted abstracts to
the event organisers for consideration. Some of the topics include the role of
Labour Inspectorates during a pandemic like COVID-19, the role of Labour
Inspectorates in Vision Zero, and Competency Frameworks for Inspectors. If you
or your organization wish to contribute as a speaker, the deadline for the
submission of abstracts have been extended to February 2023. More details would
be covered later in the newsletter.
I wish you all a good year ahead, stay healthy and
Er. Ho Siong Hin
Senior Director (International WSH)
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)