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28 April 2006 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 2006
Sheila Pantry OBE

28 April 2006 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is a very important day and opportunity for organisations worldwide to promote this day in their own workplace and work towards raising higher standards of health and safety. Are you planning your special event in your workplace?

The theme for 2006 is Decent Work - Safe Work - HIV/AIDS at work.

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"

In 2003, the ILO began to observe World Day stressing the prevention of illness and accidents at work, capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. 28 April is also a day the world's trade union movement has long associated with commemorating victims of occupational accidents and disease. Go to for further sources and others organisations involved in occupational safety and health.

It is vital that as many people as possible to prepare for it wherever they are - so hopefully this timely reminder will give you chance to promote health and safety in your own workplace. If you are short of ideas then look at the Working Group Paper 1 to which many of the ILO CIS Health and Safety Information Centres network members contributed - see There are many ways that you can make an effort to raise awareness of good health and safety practices, e.g.

April 2006 OSHWORLD FOCUS draws attention to Facing violence at work - research that has been carried out by the UK University of Nottingham, funded by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It is the first national evaluation of violence management training of its kind. The academics hope it will help to inform future policy in the field of workplace violence and encourage good training practice nationwide.

FOCUS also draws attention to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work that is celebrating its first 10 years in existence.

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Wishing you a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2006 in your workplace!