World Day for Safety and Health at Work – April 28th 2019
Date: 15th April 2019 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Health and Safety
We understand the importance of providing peace of mind for businesses when it comes to health and safety. For employers with a duty of care to the safety and welfare of their employees the 28th April is an important date, it’s the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.
Get Involved with World Day for Safety and Health at Work
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an international workplace health and safety campaign promoted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the 28th April every year. The purpose of the campaign is to promote health and safety at work around the globe.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), each year globally more than two million workers die as a result of workplace accidents and diseases.
The theme for this year is inspired by the International Labour Organization (ILO) 100 years of work. The official world day this year kick starts a wide range of activities and events taking place throughout the year promoting workplace health and safety, for more information and to get involved details can be found on the ILO website.
Workers’ Memorial Day
The 28th April every year is also Workers’ Memorial Day which is an international day of remembrance for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. It is also a day to highlight that most workplace accidents and most cases of work-related ill health are preventable.
The theme for this year is “dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”. The focus will be mainly on carcinogens but workplaces can adapt the theme to whatever is most relevant in their particular workplace, as many substances can also cause other health issues such as asthma or dermatitis.
Workers’ Memorial Day was officially recognised in the UK for the first time in 2010. This year Trade Unions have arranged events throughout the UK to remember those killed or injured at work. For more information or to find an event near you visit the TUC website.
If you would like any further information about how to improve health and safety in your workplace, please contact our Wirehouse health and safety team for practical advice and support.