Shared Learning Seminars and a Fun Run to Celebrate OSH in Vietnam


Seminar participants in Binh Duong discuss fire safety.

As part of its new shared learning offerings, Better Work Vietnam hosted “Safety Starts With Me” seminars in Ho Chi Minh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Cu Chi provinces in March and April 2013. Over 130 participants from 51 factories attended, learning about the history of garment factory fires worldwide, with a potlight on the tragic fire in Bangladesh last year. Attendees also learned about causes of fires, how to control fires and how to respond in case of emergency, drawing on best practice from around the world. As part of the session, each participant developed an action plan for their factory, which included steps such as:

  • ensuring that workers, line leaders, production managers and top management are all involved in prevention and fire management,
  • worker evacuation training,
  • fire extinguisher training for all workers, not just fire-fighting team, and
  • safe fire practies for the factory (e.g. dont’ burn garbage, keep any flame away from flammable materials or chemicals, etc.)

    Good turnout in Cu Chi for the Better Work Vietnam shared learning seminar.

And for the third year in a row, Better Work Vietnam hosted almost 4,000 workers for its Fun Run celebrating World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013. Workers participated in a range of fun and interactive activities—all around this year’s theme “Safety and Fire Prevention—including videos, quizzes and slogan competitions, and creating practical solutions for use in factories. Bringing together workers from many factories, the annual event offers workers to learn from one another.

Deputy Chairman of Binh Duong provincial People’s Committee Huynh Van Nhi said the activity was very practical for popularising the important meaning of industrial safety among workers and labourers. 

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