World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2014
The ILO marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work (1) on 28th April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. An awareness-raising campaign intends to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. In many parts of the world, national authorities, trade unions, employers' organizations and safety and health practitioners organize activities to mark this date.
This year, the campaign focuses on the use of chemicals.
The continual development, production and use of chemicals in the workplace represent a real challenge for society, as well as for the world of work. Striking an appropriate balance between the benefits of their use, prevention and measures to control the potential adverse impact on workers, workplaces, communities and the environment, must be a permanent concern. In this regard, concerted efforts between governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations must be directed to offer a coherent global response to scientific and technological progress, global growth in chemicals production and changes in the organization of work in this area.
In the field of safety and health at work, the Turin Centre organizes workshops on Occupational Safety and Health management in companies, and in specific sectors, such as construction, ports, and agriculture. The Centre offers training activities for inspectors, trade union representatives and entrepreneurs; it also organizes programmes for the preparation of laws, policies and national strategies on health and safety at work. For the last 8 years, the Centre has organized, in cooperation with the University of Turin, a Master Programme on Occupational Safety and Health.