The contract of the twining project entitled “organizational Modernization of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System” was signed on the 18th of August, 2008 between the Occupational Health and Safety affiliate to the Ministry of Manpower and Migration and the Italian DG for Occupational Safety Management affiliate to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, This Twining project worth 1,000,000 and its implementation phase will take 18 months.
The overall objective of this twinning project contribute to the improvement of the Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and services, hence reducing the number of work-related accidents and incidents in Egypt.
The project purpose is to support the Ministry of Manpower in undertaking the relevant legislative and institutional reforms as regards to Occupational Health and Safety services and norms to ensure an effective implementation of its mandate, improve, and promote labour safety through enhancing a culture of prevention, health and welfare of employees, as well as to safeguard the public from being exposed to work activities entailed risks.
Under this purpose the project will endeavour to improve the national labour policy framework, through realizing the following specific objectives:
- Improving the legislative framework of OHS, and enforcing the relevant secondary laws/directives with respect to implementation aspects of occupational health and safety;
- Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OHS) at the central (national) and at the local (governorate) levels in a pilot project;
- Contributing to the implementation of reform changes at all governorates through a Comprehensive National Strategy and Action Plan including investment plan for equipment for OHS Development;
Strengthening the institutional capacity at the central and local levels will include, but not limited to, organizational structure, work process, system and communication flows, internal monitoring, control and evaluation, inspection process reengineering, human capacity building and infrastructure upgrading as well as awareness raising campaigns to be developed in association with social partners to improve enforcement in companies and public sector.