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Monday, 27 April 2015

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2015 [ILO] - April 28


 Всемирный день безопасности и здоровья на рабочем месте, 28 апреля. 

World Day for Safety and Health at Work, April 28.
Theme 2015 :  Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.28 April has also long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.

Every year some two million men and women lose their lives through accidents and diseases linked to their work. In addition, there are 270 million occupational accidents and 160 million occupational diseases each year, incurring US$ 2.8 trillion in costs for lost working time and expenses for treatment, compensation and rehabilitation. Fatalities, accidents and illness at work are highly preventable and we have an obligation to act.
The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

Each of us is responsible for stopping deaths and injuries on the job. As governments we 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 and programme and a system of inspection to enforce compliance with occupational safety and health legislation and policy. As employers we are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. As workers we are responsible to work safely and to protect ourselves and not to endanger others, to know our rights and to participate in the implementation of preventive measures.

Emerging risks at work

New and emerging occupational risks may be caused by technical innovation or by social or organizational change, such as:
  • New technologies and production processes, e.g. nanotechnology, biotechnology
  • New working conditions, e.g. higher workloads, work intensification from downsizing, poor conditions associated with migration for work, jobs in the informal economy
  • Emerging forms of employment, e.g. self-employment, outsourcing, temporary contracts
They may be more widely recognized through better scientific understanding, e.g. the effects of ergonomic risks on musculoskeletal disorders.
They may be influenced by changes in perceptions about the importance of certain risk factors, e.g. the effects of psychosocial factors on work-related stress.

 A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

  • Opening: Ms Sandra Polaski - ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy
  • Dr (Ms) Gan Siok Lin - Executive Director, Workplace Safety and Health Institute - Ministry of Manpower Singapore
  • Mr Ulas Yildiz - Legal Advisor, Turkish Confederation of Employers Associations (TISK)
  • Ms Silvana Cappuccio - Senior Officer, Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL), Member of the Workers’ Group of ILO Governing Body
  • Mr Hans-Horst Konkolewsky - Secretary General, International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  • Ms Nancy Leppink - Chief of the ILO Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH)
  • Launch of the 2015 SafeDay website:

 FORUM : World Day for Safety and Health at Work [ILO] - 28 April

28 April 2015, 14:30 | Geneva, ILO headquarters, Room XI (R2 South)
Join us to celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work together!

Join in building a Culture of Prevention on OSH


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