World Safety Day
Trackplot Director Emma Thomas joined over a thousand people across the globe at a webinar run by the World Labour Organization to mark the 2021 World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.
"Nobody should die doing their job"
The aim of this global event was to stimulate dialogue of the importance of investing in health and safety at work in responding to emergencies and crises affecting workplaces. The Covid-19 pandemic was used as an example of how workplaces need to be ready to respond and adapt to unforeseen threats.
In his opening remarks, Roberto Suarez Santos, Secretary General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) noted the importance of investing in safety and health at work, ensuring that employees have the right safety measures to protect them.
Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported that a staggering 300 people die every hour across the world in their place of work, stating that ensuring workplaces are safe must be a fundamental right of employees to ensure that lives are not needlessly lost.
Senior Occupational Health Specialist, Manal Azzi noted that due to the increase of people working from home, lines between community and workplaces are becoming all the more blurred. Efforts to keep employees healthy and safe at work have a direct impact on communities.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the requirements and indeed general awareness of Health & Safety protocols at work. We must work together, globally, to use this as a force for good, supporting employers to invest in and ensure best practise across health & safety to comply with industry regulations.
Do you have robust systems in place for ensuring the safety of your employees?
Read the report published by ILO “Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises. Invest now in resilient OSH systems” and consider how to apply this concept in your business.