The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work is commemorated each year on April 28 to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will be commemorated on April 28, 2022, and will explore the topic of social dialogue in creating a positive safety and health culture. Through effective social dialogue, governments and social partners actively participate in all phases of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) decision-making processes.
“Social dialogue not only contributes to improving OSH policies and strategies, but it is also essential to build ownership and commitment, easing the way for their rapid and more effective implementation,” according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations (U.N.) agency that became involved in the April 28 campaign in 2003.
“In a workplace with a strong OSH culture, workers feel comfortable raising concerns about possible OSH risks or hazards in the workplace and management is proactive in collaborating with workers to find appropriate, effective, and sustainable solutions. This requires open communication and dialogue built on trust and mutual respect,” the ILO stated.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that having a strong OSH system, which includes meaningful participation of governments, employers, workers, public health actors, and all relevant parties at the national and enterprise level, has been crucial in protecting working environments and safeguarding the safety and health of workers,” the ILO concluded.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will feature a PowerPoint on “Safety and Health at Work,” a global webinar on the topic of “Act together to build a positive safety and health culture – World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022,” and the report “Enhancing social dialogue towards a culture of safety and health: What have we learned from the COVID-19 crisis?”
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