28 April - World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international awareness-raising campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work, held on 28 April each year. Since 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has promoted it, stressing the prevention of accidents and illnesses at work, and capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.
The main objective of this campaign is to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how the creation and the promotion of a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries. April 28 is also International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.
Every year, the ILO publishes a booklet and disseminates information on this issue. This year, the publication will discuss the current global challenges and the new context of occupational safety and health practice. It will highlight technological advance, emerging workplace risks, and changing patterns of employment and workforce composition, together with the need for new preventive approaches to meet the new challenges.
- the formulation of national policy and strategies
- the strengthening of government departments (inspection systems, information centres and networks, education and training systems, research and analysis, compensation and rehabilitation systems)
- strategy at the sectoral and enterprise levels.
Each of us is responsible for stopping deaths and injuries on the job. Governments are responsible for providing the infrastructure – laws and services – necessary to ensure that workers remain employable and that enterprises flourish. This includes the development of a national policy, a national programme and a system of inspection to enforce compliance. Employers are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. Workers are responsible for working safely, protecting themselves, not endangering others, and taking due preventive measures.
We invite you to join us in promoting this important day.
For more information, consult the Web page: http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm