Tuesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day is a time 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.
The theme for 2020 is Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.
COVID-19 has brought with it a need for Australians to adapt to rapidly changing workplace practices.
Under the model work health and safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace. This duty extends to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Workplaces can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by:
- ensuring good hygiene and cleanliness in the workplace
- implementing physical distancing, and
- using personal protective equipment as appropriate.
Safe Work Australia has developed COVID-19 information for workplaces to help employers respond to COVID-19, including information for specific industries such as building and construction, retail and childcare.
The duty of employers under the model WHS laws apply to psychological health too. This is a stressful time for all Australians, and employers must do what they can to reduce the psychological risks to workers and others in the workplace. See our Mental Health and COVID-19 webpage for more information.
This year, we encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace.
International Labour Organization (ILO) have developed resources for you to use to raise awareness for health and safety at work:
How to get involved
We encourage you to promote World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April by:
- promoting the importance of ensuring Work Health and Safety in your workplace physically or virtually.
- viewing our content on COVID-19 information for workplaces
- using #worldWHSday2020 or #IWMD2020 on social media
- sharing our social media posts
- having a chat about workplace health and safety in your work meetings
- finding out if your workplace has Employee Assistance Provider services
- sharing resources from International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to raise awareness and remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- April28.org for updates to what’s happening globally
- Australian council of trade unions (ACTU)
- Visit our COVID-19 information for workplaces webpage
- Visit your state and territory regulator websites for legislative information.