Occupational Health and Safety Comparative Legal Review & Capacity-Building Workshops
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is firmly committed to finance projects which comply with all relevant national and European regulatory requirements, including in the field of workers’ health and safety. In order to keep this commitment, the Bank needs to assess national requirements against EU requirements and define gaps and problem areas in the national regulatory frameworks.
In 2011, the Bank asked Milieu and COWI to undertake an assessment of the national regulatory framework for workers’ health and safety in four countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The aim of the project was to identify gaps in the national frameworks in comparison to EU requirements (and when applicable IFC requirements). The work was divided into four tasks:
1. identification of relevant EU OSH requirements;
2. completion by national legal experts of tables of comparison between EU requirements and national requirements;
3. field visits to all four countries to interview key stakeholders who contribute and influence the development of OHS laws in their country (ministry officials, labour inspections, trade unions, NGOs, etc.);
4. drafting recommendations to EBRD staff in view of project appraisals.
Following this review, in 2012, the Bank asked Milieu to organise and facilitate four workshops – one in each country – to present and discuss the findings of the study with key stakeholders who contribute and influence the development of OHS laws in their country (i.e. government officials, regulatory authorities, policymakers, trade unions, academics, etc.).
On this basis, the workshop participants (approx. 30 per workshop) further discussed the problem areas identified in the study, the latest developments on OHS management framework in the country and opportunities for improvement of the national OHS legislation.
The main tasks included:
1. identification of participants and speakers and drafting of agenda;
2. logistical organisation (identifying venue, catering, etc.); invitation and registration of participants; on-site support;
3. facilitation of workshop and presentation of study’s results;
4. drafting a report post-workshop presenting the main outcomes and recommendations for further work;
5. presentation of outcomes of comparative review and workshops to EBRD staff.
The workshops were seen by stakeholders as a unique opportunity to discuss important issues related to health and safety at work and were considered to be a success in all four countries.