World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day 28 April

world safety day 28 April 

Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards over recent years, although sadly, in 2015, 193[1] workers lost their lives at work.  

Thursday 28 April 2016 we recognise World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day - a day to think about how our actions can  prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.

By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.

[1] preliminary data for 2015

How to get involved

To recognise World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace you could:
  • stop for a minute of silence, to remember those who have lost their lives at work
  • organise a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
  • attend a local workers’ memorial event
  • arrange for a safety expert to speak at your workplace
  • use #worldWHSday2016 when discussing World Day for Safety and Health at Work on social media.

Resources

The following resources have been developed to help you promote the day in your workplace:

Further information

Since 1996 Workers’ Memorial Day has been organised worldwide by the trade union movement. Its purpose is to honour the memory of victims of occupational accidents and diseases, and organise worldwide awareness campaigns on this date.

Since 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has observed the World Day on Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

Details for local workers’ memorial events are available on the ACTU website or your local state or territory regulator websites.

For information on World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016, visit the International Labour Organization website.

Media release: Call for business leaders to recognise safety on World Day for Safety and Health at Work
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