Coalmining, cement and building materials are China’s pillar industries, yet they also bring with them an abundance of hazards. To eradicate health hazards at the workplace, the trade union federation in Zizhong County, Sichuan province, has been pushing for a collective contract for the prevention of occupational diseases and working hard to make sure that such a contract is signed by all enterprises and complied with by 93% of enterprises.
To control industrial hazards, Zizhong Trade Union Federation recently conducted a sample survey of 30 enterprises of different ownership and 600 workers in the county, put together an investigation report and formulated the Opinions on the Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases in Enterprises Exposed to Health Hazards.
While insisting that facilities for prevention of occupational diseases should be designed, built and put into operation simultaneously with the main body of a construction project, the trade union federation will single out a batch of enterprises as exemplary units of production every year. So far, all the 136 enterprises which were previously prone to industrial hazards have signed collective contracts for the prevention of occupational diseases.