World Day for Safety and Health at Work

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 20, 2022, 5:44

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated every 28 April. This day recognises the importance of preventing occupational accidents and other diseases.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will highlight the topic of social dialogue and participation to create a safe and healthy work culture.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work - Objective

  • The primary objective of this day is to prevent diseases and occupational accidents worldwide.
  • It is also referred to as an awareness-raising campaign that focuses on the International attention of creating a happy and healthy work culture in the workplace and reducing the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
  • ILO (Indian labour organisation) uses this day to create awareness and promote the adoption of safe practices in the workplace and highlights the role of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).
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World Day for Safety and Health at Work History

To reduce and prevent the accidents and diseases caused at workplaces, ILO or the Indian labour organisation, started to celebrate this day in 2003.

Indian Labour Organisation defines a healthy work culture where:

  • The rights to a safe and happy working environment are respected and provided at all levels.
  • All the members of the workplace work together and participate actively to secure a healthy and safe environment by following the defined rights and responsibilities.
  • The highest priority is accorded to the rule of prevention.

More about International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • The International Labour Organization is an agency under the United Nations that deals with labour issues, such as international labour standards, social and personal protection, new work opportunities, and much more.
  • The headquarters of ILO is in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • In 1969, ILO also received the Nobel Peace Prize for achieving a great improvement in the area of fraternity and peace among several nations.
  • The founding member of ILO is India.

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work Significance

The major points of Significance of the International Day for Safety and Health at Work are:

  • The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a significant way by which authorities can promote the habit of healthy work culture.
  • An employee's willingness and desire to work hard, stay longer, behave ethically, and get along with co-workers is, among other things, largely dependent on the degree to which the employee enjoys positive relationships within the work environment.
  • 28 April is also recognised as the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. The Trade Union movement has organised the events for this day since 1996.
  • Among the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes essential for everyone to ensure that the employees are not at any risk of catching and infecting themselves with the virus.

With the advent of new technologies like biotechnology and nanotechnology, it is important to mark a day to address and prevent the emerging risks at work.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work also focuses on the importance of improving the infrastructure, making rules and regulations, and providing necessary services to the employees at all levels.

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FAQs on World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Q.1. When do we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work?

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated on 28 April every year.

Q.2. What will be the focus of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022?

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will highlight the topic of social dialogue and participation to create a safe and healthy work culture.

Q.3 What is the motive of World Day for Safety and Health at Work?

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a significant way by which authorities can promote the habit of healthy work culture.

Q.4. When was World Day for Safety and Health at Work adopted?

To reduce and prevent the accidents and diseases caused at workplaces, ILO or the Indian labour organisation started to celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2003.

Q.5. Which other day is recognised on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work?

Other than World Day for Safety and Health at Work. 28 April is also recognised as the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. The trade union movement has organised the events for this day since 1996.