World Day for Safety and Health at Work – occupational safety and health (OSH) in ‘green’ jobs

The International Labour Organization (ILO) celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28 April each year 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 (OSH) and on work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the promotion of OSH in an increasingly ‘green’ economy. A ‘green’ economy is based on the creation of environmentally-responsible jobs that benefits workers (through a decent wage) and the environment (by preserving or enhancing the environment, e.g. reducing waste, pollution and carbon emissions). Truly green jobs must integrate OSH into all areas (through risk assessment and management measures), including:

  • design;
  • procurement;
  • operations;
  • maintenance;
  • sourcing;
  • recycling policies;
  • certification systems;
  • OSH quality standards.

Periods of economic insecurity may increase the risk of employers cutting corners with regards to OSH as their attention is drawn increasingly to organisational survival. However, it is vital for organisations not to lose sight of the importance of employee health and wellbeing. After all, what hope is there for organisational success without dedicated input from employees – an organisation’s most important asset? That’s why the Health for Work Adviceline offers free guidance for employers in England about existing employee health issues or protecting the good health of staff. Advice can be sought by phone (0800 0 77 88 44) or online either by searching for information on our online knowledge base, asking a question online, or using our ‘live chat’ function.

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One Response to World Day for Safety and Health at Work – occupational safety and health (OSH) in ‘green’ jobs

  1. Although, it’s supposed to be a World Day for Safety and Health at Work I doubt if it is acknowledged internationally which is saddening. Actually, a month would be better. A company can make it into a fun month-long information drive with activities to engage employees.