Parliament approves law on Safety, Health and Hygiene at Work in final overall vote

Parliament approves law on Safety, Health and Hygiene at Work in final overall vote


DILI, 30 march 2023 (TATOLI) – The National Parliament unanimously approved the law on Safety, Health, and Hygiene at Work in the final overall vote. 

The law on Safety, Health, and Hygiene at Work was approved with 49 votes in favor, zero against, and no abstentions.

Earlier this month, parliament also unanimously approved the law in generality. 

“Parliamentary Committee D which deals with Economy and Development will finalize the final draft of the law to be sent to the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta for promulgation,” said the President of the National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres. 

The President of Committee D, Antoninho Bianco, said that the approval of the law is important to ensure that all workers can perform their tasks in dignified working conditions and be protective of their physical and psychological well-being. 

Last month, the Council of Ministers approved the draft Law Proposal, presented by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, and by the Secretary of State for Professional Training and Employment, Alarico do Rosário, regarding Safety, Health, and Hygiene at Work.

The Law establishes that the employers’ and workers’ representative organizations responsible for the areas of working conditions and health shall promote training in the area of protection and prevention of safety, hygiene, and health at work against occupational risks and diseases. Employers are also responsible for organizing workplaces, means, and processes in such a way as to avoid risks to the health and safety of workers, ensuring the existence of safety and health at work signs and protective equipment, among other preventive measures, as well as providing all appropriate information and training to workers.

In short, Health, Safety, and Hygiene at Work activities aim to ensure working conditions in any company “in a state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (according to the World Health Organization).



Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges


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