Presentation on theme: "Regional Workshop on GHS Implementation for ASEAN Countries"— Presentation transcript:
1 Regional Workshop on GHS Implementation for ASEAN Countries Nelia GranadillosOccupational Safety and Health CenterDepartment of Labor and EmploymentPhilippines
2 ASEAN GHS Project:Strengthen capacities in ASEAN to implement the GHS by the year 20083 pilot countries - Indonesia,Thailand, Philippines,Organized by UNITAR/ILO under the Global GHS Capacity Building Programme, and the Government of the PhilippinesSupported by Government of Switzerland, Canada and European UnionProject Goal in ASEAN Pilot Countries:To facilitate development of a National GHS Implementation Strategy in all GHS sectors through collaboration of government, industry and civil society
3 ASEAN GHS Project:Participation of 43 representatives from government, industry and civil society from 10 countries of ASEANDeveloped recommendations for action at national and regional level.Reviewed the current status, challenges and limitationsProject Goal in ASEAN Pilot Countries:To facilitate development of a National GHS Implementation Strategy in all GHS sectors through collaboration of government, industry and civil society
4 Regional GHS Workshop Conclusions Reaffirmed WSSD 2008 target and 2006 APEC targetAcknowledged the benefits of GHSAgreed on the multi-sectoral mechanismConsidered to undertake national and regional activities to overcome obstaclesAcknowledged the need for harmonization with other international standards and conventionsAimed to seek support from international donor agenciesReaffirm the commitment to the WSSD target of GHS implementation by 2008, and the APEC 2006 target.Acknowledge the benefits of appropriate GHS implementation, including improvement of the protection of human health and the environment, promotion of the safer use of chemicals, and facilitation of trade.Acknowledge that the development of GHS implementation mechanisms should be multi-sectoral and involve government, industry, civil society and labour groups.Acknowledge the main obstacles to implementation including: lack of awareness, knowledge and information among all stakeholders about the GHS and the hazards of chemicals; non-existing or fragmented/conflicting national regulations/legislation; lack of capacity in SMEs; problems in the informal sector; numerous local languages; differing regional structures; lack of resources and expertise; and lack of training.Consider undertaking activities (and improve upon existing activities) to overcome obstacles at the national and regional levels involving government, industry, civil society and labour organizations in all sectors.Identify and contact a wide range of donors, including relevant international agencies (e.g. UN SCEGHS, UNITAR, ILO, IPCS, FAO), cooperation agencies (e.g. JETRO, USAID) and industry technical training programmes (e.g. under APEC framework) to support national, sectoral and regional GHS implementation.Acknowledge that GHS classification and harmonised hazard communication elements should be integrated in to other existing international standards (e.g. of FAO, WHO, ILO, etc.).Acknowledge the linkages between the GHS and international agreements such as the Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention, Basel Convention, Montreal Protocol, etc.
5 ASEAN COUNTRIES Brunei Darussalam Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia MyanmarPhilippinesSingaporeThailandVietnam.
6 Regional Activities in ASEAN Creation of ASEAN GHS Working groupDevelopment of ASEAN GHS Implementation ProgrammeIntensify capacity building programsShare the testing facilities in the regionUndertake GHS capacity assessmentDevelop situational and gap analysis and potentially suitable legislationDevelop sectoral network to be involved in the national coordinating committeeASEAN countries should be considered in the UNSCEGHS
7 National Strategies Government prime movers covering a wide range of areasdevelop the national implementation strategies involving the industry and civil societyofficially legislate GHSprescribe and conduct training programincorporate chemical management in MDGs
8 National Strategies Industry develop the labels and SDS and hazard classificationProvide trainingAdvocate for legislative supportCivil societyinformation sharinglink to all sectorsserve as monitors to ensure compliancefacilitate awareness raising campaignadvocate for legislative support
9 National Strategies All Sectors Identify funding opportunitiesDevelop and update the national profileMonitor progress of implementation activities
10 Sectoral ActivitiesIndustrial Workplace – Provide incentive programs e.g “Best GHS Practitioner”Agriculture – Develop a comprehensive hazards classificationTransport – Conduct situation/gap analysis and training to cover the drivers, customs, cargo handlers and emergency respondersConsumer Products – Carry out information campaign and make clear for consumers the difference between risk and hazard based labels.
11 Issues What “consumer products” might be within the scope of GHS? How much information is required to classify mixtures?How can GHS be incorporated into education curriculum?Will there be an assessment of status of global implementation in 2008?Will guidance for implementation be developed?How are chemical by products regarded under GHS?How can it be ensured that micro and SMEs understand the benefits of GHS?