Daily Management Review

Health And Safety, And Then There’s Work


05/05/2015


World Safety and Health at Work Day takes place every year on 28 April and is an initiative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), to raise awareness of workers and their never ending plight for better working conditions. Linked to this is the ‘Worker’s Memorial Day’. This is a day of remembrance, led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), for all of the workers around the world who have been seriously injured or died on the job.



This year’s theme of building a culture of prevention refers to many aspects of health and safety at work, including tackling psychosocial risks and stress in the workplace. In order to develop a culture of prevention, it is of utmost importance that employers and employees work together, so that such a culture becomes firmly established in the work environment. By doing so, maintaining safe and healthy workplaces will become an automatic reflex, whether it’s reporting accidents and incidents, or identifying and dealing with psychosocial risks.
 
Using this day as a hook to help raise awareness about prevention culture in the workplace, several campaign related events are due to take place across Europe on or around the day. The first up on the agenda is the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards taking place in Riga, Latvia on 27 April under the auspices of the Latvian EU Council Presidency. The Awards will recognise outstanding examples of good practices in managing stress and psychosocial risks in workplaces from across Europe. The ceremony is part of a bigger EU Presidency conference on occupational safety and health being held on 27 and 28 April.
 
Meanwhile, the Hungarian national focal point will be hosting an afternoon press conference on 27 April in Budapest to mark the occasion of the world day and the ‘Worker’s Memorial Day’. The event aims to specifically raise awareness of psychosocial risks and stress in workplaces to the Hungarian media. The event will feature a series of speakers including an opening address from Hungary’s Deputy State Secretary of Labour, Dr. László Modori, and a Q&A session.
 
Elsewhere, the Czech national focal point is holding a seminar for the country’s defence sector in Prague on the occasion of the world day itself, 28 April. The aim of this sector specific event is to promote prevention of occupational accidents and diseases (including psychosocial risks) to stakeholders in the field. New occupational legislation being introduced in the Czech Republic will also be presented to participants alongside the campaign.
 
Official campaign partners are also capitalising on the day. EFFAT, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, is holding their annual European Works Councils conference in Zagreb, Croatia, also on 28 April. The theme for their annual event this year is ‘taking an active role in managing stress and psychosocial risks’.
 
Are you interested in further information about how to create a culture of prevention in your workplace? Then don’t forget that OSHwiki is a useful resource for this and other occupational safety and health subjects. You can also find out more about these and other campaign related events online.
References:
https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/news#1



Tags : EFFAT, ILO, ITUC




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