ILO-CIS National Center for China
Source:CASST

1. On May 1984, the Chinese Information Center for Occupational Safety and Health was constituted by the former Labor Protection Bureau of Labor and Personnel Ministry and Labor Protection Science Research Institute. The purpose of the Center was to prevent or decrease occupational accidents and diseases in enterprises and mines through collecting, processing, storing and disseminating the domestic and international OSH information so as to protect worker’s safety and health in production process, and to serve national macroscopic management in OSH decision-making for safety legislation and inspection. In 1987, the Chinese Information Center for Occupational Safety and Health was formally accepted as a member of ILO-CIS, named ILO-CIS National Center for China. The news was published on No.1 1988, ILO-CIS Bulletin of Safety and Health at Work.

Several years later, the Collaborating Centers of ILO-CIS National Center for China were founded: they were All China Federation of Trade Unions OSH Information and Training Centre (1990), Coal Safety Information and Training Centre (1994).

In the initial establishing stage of ILO-CIS National Center for China, Mr. J•Takala, head of ILO-CIS and Mr. E•Clevenstine, an expert of ILO-CIS, separately visited our Center. And an expert of ILO-CIS National Center for Germany visited the Center and had given more helps during the Center’s construction. 

After several years of development, the Center has established a small library with more than 10,000 books, of which 50% written in foreign languages (mainly in English, Russian and Japanese), about 300 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals (mainly in English, Russian, French and German), including 70 kinds of original foreign periodicals and 20 kinds of abstract of periodicals .

2. In May 1991, the OSH Information and Document Center of Labor Ministry was constituted according to the decision of the Ministry of Labor. It consisted of six departments, which were the Library of the Ministry of Labor, Information Department of Labor Protection Science and Technology Institute, Information Department of Labor Science Research Institute, Information Department of Salary Research Institute and Information Department of International Labor Affairs Research Institute. The OSH Information and Document Center’s name for the international cooperation was still ILO-CIS National Center for China.

With the change of office location from Xibahe to Huixin Xijie, the Center covered an area of nearly 2,000 square meters, including the reading room, underground stacks and so on. There are nearly 100,000 books, including 30,000 kinds of books in Chinese and foreign languages, more than 1,000 kinds of periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages as well as a large number of regulations, standards, conference materials and technical reports, thousands of microfiches, CD-ROM reading system and microfiche copy reading system.

3. In 1996, OSH Information and Document Center of Labor Ministry and International Labor Research Institute of Labor Ministry were conjoined and renamed the International Labor Affairs and Information Research Institute of Labor Ministry. But the Center’s name for the international cooperation was not changed.

4. As China's government organizations were reformed in 1998, the administrative subordination of ILO-CIS National Center for China has appropriately been changed. The Center became an information department of National Center for Safety Science and Technology Research, which was under the leadership of State Economic and Trade Committee. It was mainly in charge of OSH information services, which included collecting, storing and retrieving relevant documents, books, periodicals and other information at home and abroad, cooperating and contacting with ILO-CIS. 

5. Along with the reforms of safety administration institutions in China, the former Safety Science and Technology Research Center of State Economic and Trade Commission was transferred into an institute which was directly subordinated to the State Administration of Work Safety. Soon, Safety Science and Technology Research Center was renamed as China Academy of Safety Science and Technology in 2005.  ILO-CIS National Center for China is an information department under the leadership of CASST.

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