Every year on or around April 28, the International Labor Organization (ILO) commemorates “World Day for Safety and Health at Work.” Since 2003, it has been an annual event to raise awareness for occupational safety and health. Every year, a core theme is allocated to the activities, and campaigns are developed around it. This day is part of a worldwide movement to encourage clean, secure, and decent jobs. HSE completely supports the ILO’s promotion of this day, which will be marked by a range of tripartite activities taking place around the world, as the UK is a founding member of the ILO. This day is being used by the ILO to raise awareness about workplace safety and the role of occupational safety and health (OSH) services. It will also concentrate on the medium to long term, including recovery and future preparedness, with a specific emphasis on implementing steps into OSH management processes and policies at the national and enterprise levels. According to new ILO figures, the number of work-related accidents and illnesses, which kill over two million people per year, is on the rise in some developing countries due to rapid industrialization. The day’s key goal is to create a secure and healthy working atmosphere for all employees of government and non-government organizations around the world. Governments, employers, and employees all aim to create a secure and healthy work environment by adhering to a collection of organizational standards, values, and guidelines. However, taking proactive steps to ensure a secure and stable work environment for everyone is given top priority. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an observance and is not a public holiday.
On or around April 28, the United Nations (UN), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and other organizations, governments, people, and government bodies involved in occupational health and safety join together to support an international movement known as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Every year, the UN adds this case to its schedule of activities. According to the ILO, there are about 268 million non-fatal occupational incidents per year, with patients missing at least three days of work as a result, as well as 160 million new cases of work-related illness. Workplace injuries and sickness are expected to cost the global economy 4% of GDP in compensation and time off work, according to the International Labor Organization. The day is often promoted by community leaders and organizational members speaking out on topics such as occupational health and safety requirements. The day has been supported by various media outlets through news stories and broadcast programs. On or about April 28 each year, a variety of events and activities centered on occupational health and safety are organized in many countries. Governments, trade unions, labor unions, employers and staff, and health and safety practitioners come together all over the world to create global working practices that promote workplace health and safety. The previous years’ progress is evaluated, and a future strategy is developed to ensure a secure and healthy working atmosphere for employees in different sectors around the world. On April 28, 2003, the International Labor Organization (ILO) established the World Day for Workplace Safety and Health. The ILO is committed to improving people’s access to fair and meaningful jobs in an environment of equality, fairness, protection, and human dignity. Its goals are to support workers’ rights, facilitate better working opportunities, increase social security, and improve workplace dialogue. Interactions between health and safety professionals and staff take place during the day. At factories and other similar locations, safety checks are performed, and workers are instructed on how to protect their safety and health, which should be their top priority. It’s a public-awareness initiative aimed at drawing international attention to the scope of the issue and how encouraging and fostering a safety and health culture will help minimize the number of workplace deaths and injuries.