Are you ensuring Higher Standards of Health and Safety in your workplace?
Sheila Pantry OBE
This month's OSHWORLD FOCUS is asking you start and make preparations for the 2006 World Day for Health and Safety to be held on 28 April 2006. The Director of ILO SafeWork, Dr Jukka Takala says "The 2006 World Day for Safety and Health at Work is intended to focus international attention on promoting and creating a preventative safety and health culture at work and to help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries each year. This year, as in previous years, tripartite events will be taking place worldwide. You are invited to join us in promoting this important day in your own country"
March 2006 FOCUS also draws attention to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work who is inviting entries for the first 'Safe Start... European Young Film Maker of the Year video competition.
So these are events that can involve everyone. And if you think the all workplaces are now safe just take a look at the statistics in your own country for workplace accidents and fatalities. You could start with some global figures see www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/mandate.htm and see the numbers. Working safer is a really good idea.
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Wishing you a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2006 in your workplace!