World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an international observance day design to raise public awareness of occupational health and safety.
It was first introduced in 2003 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to help prevent work-related accident and illness globally. Held on the 28th of April every year, the awareness day is supported by the ILO, the United Nations, and many countries around the world.
In their latest statistics, the ILO estimates that around 2.3 million people die every year of work-related accident or diseases, which equates to 6,000 deaths a day.
The human and economic cost of poor occupational health and safety is staggering. Reports evaluate the total cost to the economy at around US$2.8 trillion every year. This cost is primarily due to absenteeism, stoppage in production, equipment repair, injuries and diseases treatments and compensation.
It’s essential to remind ourselves that safe and healthy working conditions and environments are the responsibility of us all.
Taking part in the World Day for Safety and Health at Work not only helps raise awareness of the problem internationally but also promote a prevention culture.
What does a prevention culture include?
- Valuing everyone’s rights to a safe working environment
- Encouraging good practices and constructive dialogue between workers, employers, and government to create safe and healthy working conditions with defined sets of rules, responsibilities, and rights.
- Making prevention your top priority to minimise work-related fatalities and injuries
Raising awareness and understanding of occupational health and safety hazards is an essential part of preventing and controlling these risks.
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Source: Internation Labour Organisation