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Minister Al-Rajhi: 11,171 jobs created in the field of occupational safety and health in three years

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Scary. Ahmed Al-Rajhi said that as many as 11,171 jobs have been created in the field of occupational safety and health in the past three years. He said this at the opening of the Global Conference on Safety and Health at Work in Riyadh The ministry aims to increase the number of specialists working in the field of occupational safety and health from 23,971 to 45,800 specialists by 2025.

Several senior officials, regional and global specialists and experts are attending the three-day conferenceunder the theme ‘Scanning the horizon’. The conference covers five main topics including sustainability, occupational safety, technological transformation, cultural awareness and occupational health.

In his speech, Al-Rajhi, who is also chairman of the board of directors of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH), highlighted the remarkable progress Saudi Arabia has made in the field of occupational safety and health work in recent years. recent years. He attributed this success to the coordinated programs and initiatives initiated in conjunction with the Saudi Vision 2030, aimed at creating a vibrant society and building a diverse and sustainable economy.

Minister Al-Rajhi pointed out that through the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy, the Kingdom aims to strengthen and develop the OSH sector, and promote and protect workers in various workplaces at the national level, in accordance with local regulations and international treaties and agreements. and ensure best global practices that align with the labor market.

The Minister commended the NCOSH for its dedicated efforts and joint contributions from various sectors within the council and the wider OSH system. He highlighted tangible results, including a significant decrease in the number of work-related injuries in the Kingdom, from 416 to 288 injuries per 100,000 workers, a decrease of 30.7 percent in recent years. Moreover, the percentage of companies adhering to occupational safety and health standards has increased to 71.27 percent.

Al-Rajhi said that these achievements were reinforced by the introduction of various legislations aimed at raising awareness of occupational safety and health issues, in particular through the strategic implementation of the National Program for Safety and Health occupational health. “These important legislative measures include the issuance of administrative regulations related to occupational safety and health and the development of a comprehensive national policy in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and all stakeholders. This policy, endorsed by the Council of Ministers, guarantees its integrity and reliability, with close monitoring and follow-up of its implementation,” he said.

Scary. Al-Rajhi opened the exhibition held on the sidelines of the conference. The minister toured pavilions of various partners, sponsors and participating entities. These included the pavilions of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) and Saudi Aramco, the founders and organizers of the conference. He also launched the official website of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, OSH’s e-training platform, as well as the platform for reporting and investigating work-related accidents, injuries and occupational diseases.