Workshop on Occupational Health & Safety

Guangzhou | 19 November 2014

On 19th November 2014, NEWAsia Solutions Limited organized a workshop on “Occupational Health & Safety” in Guangzhou in cooperation with a leading sport brand for all its business partners of global sourcing entities and subcontractors where their factories located in South China area. A total of 40 representatives from the brand and factories participated in the training.

The objective of this workshop was to introduce the concept and best practice of occupational safety & health (OHS), its risks and benefits, and to discuss the solutions of OHS risks in the brand’s supply chain for a better performance and continuous improvement.

During the workshop, Mr. Asia Wang, Managing Director of NEWAsia Solutions gave training on this topic. In addition to the illustration of the common OHS basics, case studies, costs and lessons, we also discussed the legal requirements and compliance, occupational health, fire, electrical, machinery hazards identification, control principals, sources control, engineering control, and administrative control best practice in the supply chain in a comprehensive and interactive way. In other words, what can be done by the factory side to meet or go beyond the local law and regulation or clients' requirement at low cost is the key content and target of this training.

This training incorporated diverse activities including group competition, questions and answers, voting, peering learning, which encouraged interaction between participants, and made the training more practicable, active, and effective. A representative from the brand shared CSR updates within its supply chain in the morning session. Ms. Amanda Xu, Operations Director of NEWAsia facilitated the discussion on CSR practice updates in China, and Q&A in the afternoon.

Through this workshop, the participants had a deep understanding on the definition of OHS, occupational hazards, common OHS violations, costs and risks. They dwelled on the difficulties and challenging of OHS risk prevention from the factories’ perspective by group discussion and personal opinion airing with the view that OHS risk control is not an extraneous imposition from the brands, but a must for factory survival and further development. All the participants liked the active atmosphere and the interaction between the trainer and trainee through Q & A and questionnaire feedback.