World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual event observed on April 28 to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
Observed on: April 28
Organized by: UN, ILO
About World Day for Safety and Health at Work
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on April 28 every year. This day is observed to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health can help reduce the number of work related deaths and injuries.
The day is more important as some facts say that young workers (15 – 24 years old) consists of more than 15 per cent of the world’s labour force suffer up to 40 per cent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers (more than 25 years old).
Activities and Programs on the Day
There are many activities and programs are organized around the world by national authorities, trade unions, NGO’s to celebrate the day. The campaign aims to create a concerted and integrated approach to eliminating child labour and promoting a culture of prevention on occupational safety health (OSH).
Theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 Theme is “Safety During Covid-19 Pandemic“
Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020 Theme was “Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives“
2019 Theme for Day for Safety and Health at Work was “Safety and Health and the Future of Work“
2018 Theme: OSH vulnerability of young workers
2017 Theme: Optimize the collection and use of OSH data
2016 Theme: Workplace Stress: a collective challenge
2015 Theme: Join in building an OSH preventive culture
2014 Theme: Safety and Health in the use of chemicals at work
2013 Theme: The prevention of occupational diseases
2012 Theme: Promoting safety and health in a green economy
2011 Theme: OSH management system: A tool for continual improvement
2010 Theme: Emerging risks and new patterns of prevention in a changing world of work
2009 Theme: Health and life at work: a basic human right
2008 Theme: Managing Risk in the Work Environment
2007 Theme: Safe and healthy workplaces – Making decent work a reality
2006 Theme: Accident and ill-health prevention