Vietnam Climbs the Rankings of the UL Safety Index™
Vietnam is becoming a safer nation relative to many others, and once again improved its safety ranking in 2017. According to the UL Safety Index™, Vietnam's Safety Index score is 66 (on a scale of 0-100) and ranks fifth amongst the 11 countries in Southeast Asia. This marks an improvement for Vietnam of four points, up from 62 a year earlier.
David Wroth, UL Director, Data Science, gave a presentation about the UL Safety Index at a media briefing in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on April 18, 2018. At this event, he stated that Vietnam's safety index score is encouraging, however, as the country continues to progress, there are still opportunities to further enhance safety and perform even better in the future.
Specific actions to improve safety performance include addressing the rate of drowning incidents, falls among the elderly population and transport injuries - where Vietnam ranks among the lowest tier of countries in Asia. The UL Safety Index reports that road traffic injuries, including pedestrian, motorcycle and truck crashes, account for the vast majority of transport injuries in Vietnam and around the world. In Vietnam, specifically, a large portion of fatal road crashes involve motorcycles.
The panel discussion centered on Vietnam traffic safety improvements and challenges. The panel included Mirjam Sidik, President of AIP Foundation, Huynh Van Tuan, Vice Principal of Ho Chi Minh City University and UL ASEAN Managing Director Anthony Tan. The enforcement of the national motorcycle helmet law is considered exemplary and contributed significantly in reducing of traffic-related causalities. Additional efforts can be made to raise vehicle safety standards, infrastructure development and awareness through education.
"Our mission is to help advance safe living and working environments for people in Vietnam, and around the world, and to contribute to the discourse on public health and safety," said Wroth. "The findings from the study this year illustrate that Vietnam is performing better in its overall efforts to improve safety. Our aim is to contribute to decision-making about safety issues by Vietnamese policy makers and other stakeholders, and to support the identification of investment priorities for improving safety levels."
To learn more about the UL Safety Index, visit www.ULSafetyIndex.org.
August 14, 2018