The 28th April 2017 marks the World Day for Safety and Health at Work plus Workers’ Memorial Day and we encourage you to get involved through promoting and practicing safe work activities at your workplace.

“This is a day when we honour those who have died at work and think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.” – Safe Work Australia.

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

The Safe Work Australia website explains that although Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards, there were still 178 workers who lost their lives in 2016. One of the purposes of having a day dedicated to health and safety is to raise awareness and taking the lead in helping prevent further injuries and death.

How to get involved
Events are being held across the country on the 28th April, find out what’s happening in a major city near you by visiting the Safe At Work website: http://www.safeatwork.org.au/courses/2017-04

If you can’t attend an event, here are some other suggested ways to get involved, thanks to Safe Work Australia:

  • Practicing good work health and safety
  • Honouring the memory of those who have died at work and stopping for a moment of silence
  • Promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace
  • Organise a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
  • Display promotional posters in your workplace (see the Safe Work Australia website for free resources to download)
  • Screen a seminar from the Virtual Seminar Series at your workplace
  • Arrange for a safety expert to speak at your workplace

You can also use #worldWHSday2017 when participating in World Day discussions on social media.

The International Labour Organisation has prepared and provided a number of fact sheets as part of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work campaign. These are available on the website and you are encouraged to download and share these to raise awareness and to support countries in optimizing the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data. They summarize the key elements of a national system for recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases, discuss other complementary methods and sources of OSH data and highlight the challenges in this field. http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/WCMS_546785/lang–en/index.htm