Manpower and env ministries to cooperate on new safety standards
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy - YOUM7/Hesham Said
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy announced Wednesday the ministry would join cooperation protocol by the Ministry of Manpower during the meeting of council of ministers, Youm7 reported Wednesday, to develop a universal work safety and environmental standards in work places.

Minister of Manpower Nahed Hasan Ashry, said in press statements Tuesday that the protocol also aims to improve transparency of inspection results.

Current labor regulations are set by a national labor office, whose regional bureaus are tasked with monitoring employee contracts as well as insurance coverage, however their purview does not include employee safety.

The Wednesday announcement said the central and subsidiary laboratories of Environmental Affairs Agency would work with research units to evaluate the environmental situation various facilities.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health announced also that it would organize training programs to raise employee efficiency, and it would also conduct field visits to factories and industrial zones which constitute main sources of pollution.

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