Friday 28 April 2017 marks the annual World Day for Safety & Health at Work 2017 – an international campaign observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003 “to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally since 2003. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended 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.” (Safe Work Australia, 2017)
What is World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017?
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is recognised by Safe Work Australia as a “a day to think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.”
According to Safe Work Australia, “Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards over recent years, 178 workers lost their lives in 2016. By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.”
This year’s campaign focuses on improving the ability to collect and use occupational health and safety (OSH) data – contributing to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By obtaining and utilising accurate OSH data, the ability to implement and report on the UN Agenda’s sustainable development goals and targets can be somewhat realised.
Ways to get involved in World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017
Safe Work Australia has outlined a number of ways to get involved in World day for Safety and Health at Work:
- Practicing good work health and safety
- Honouring the memory of those who have died at work
- Promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017 in your workplace
Find out more about how you can get involved on Friday 28 April at Safe Work Australia.
Harness Safety Training
To coincide with World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017, Harness has put together seven months of safety training specials across our range of safety training courses, commencing in April 2017. Find out more about April safety specials.