Every 15 seconds, 160 workers have a work-related accident.
28th April 2016
The annual World Safety and Health Day promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases, globally. The campaign aims to raise awareness and focus attention on how a health and safety culture can help to reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
The 28th April is also the International Commemoration Day for the Dead and Injured Workers, organised worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.
The theme this year – Workplace Stress: a collective challenge.
Workers are facing more pressures to meet demands of modern working life. There are a number of factors which contribute to the workplace becoming an even more stressful environment:
- Increased competition
- Higher performance expectations
- Longer working hours
- Risk of losing jobs
- Economic recession
- Increasing precarious work
- Reduced opportunities within work
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there has been growing attention to the impact of psychosocial risks and work-related stress among researchers, practitioners and policy makers.
Work-related stress is acknowledged as a global issue, affecting all countries, all professions and all workers.
Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases
Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is about the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases across the globe. By raising awareness and promoting a safety and health culture, the number of work-related deaths and injuries can be reduced.
We are all responsible for preventing deaths and injuries at work. Employers must make sure they provide a safe working environment for their staff. As workers, we need to protect ourselves whilst ensuring not to endanger others. We should know our rights and help to take preventive measures.
You can download a guide to health and safety regulation in Great Britain here.