|Labor Grant Will Teach Workplace Health and Safety
Secretary Chao Announces International Technical Assistance
Project in Serbia
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has
announced a $500,000 grant that will improve occupational safety
and health in Serbia. The project is part of the department’s
International Cooperation Program.
“The health and safety of workers at the workplace must
be a priority as economic development evolves,” said U.S.
Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “This Administration is working
with various countries around the world to increase workplace
health and safety and to foster the host-country institutions
that can carry on this work. This $500,000 grant will help to
improve occupational safety and health of Serbian workers.”
The grant will promote occupational safety and health in Serbia.
The process began when the late Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran
Djinjic, called for a complete reorganization of the Serbian
labor inspectorate to meet 21st century standards. Djinjic ordered
such measures due to Serbia’s high incidence of work related
injuries and deaths. The U.S. Department of Labor responded
to a request from Serbia for assistance in designing and carrying
out this overhaul of its labor inspectorate. The Labor Department
provided a grant to the International Labor Organization to
work with the Serbian Ministry of Labor to improve safety and
health standards in the workplace by developing an effective
labor inspectorate. This program, which started Oct. 1, will
run for two years.
The grant is funded and managed through the International Cooperation
Program of the department’s Bureau of International Labor