Every year on April 28th, the World Day for Workplace Safety and Health is commemorated. Since 2003, the day has been commemorated all around the world. It was an initiative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to improve awareness of occupational safety and health and to emphasise the prevention of workplace accidents and diseases. International Day for Dead and Injured Workers is also observed on this day.
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History of World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) established World Day for Safety and Health at Work in the year of 2003 to emphasise the importance of preventing workplace accidents and diseases. The commemoration is part of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health. Since 1996, April 28th has also been marked as International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, which is organised by the trade union movement on a worldwide scale.
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The programme was developed with the goal of developing a global culture of occupational safety and health. The goal of the public awareness campaign is to reduce the number of employment related deaths and injuries. It emphasises the importance of improving infrastructure, enacting regulations and providing services to ensure conformity, and identifying developing occupational risks in order to make the work environment safer for workers. The day is also utilised as a powerful tool to raise awareness of a variety of developing workplace concerns, ranging from new advancements to employment conditions and psychosocial variables such as work-related stress.
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