Dying for a job?
Sheila Pantry OBE
Every three and a half minutes, somebody in the European Union (EU) dies from work-related causes. That's more than 150,000 deaths a year as a result of either work-related accidents (8,900) or occupational diseases (142,000).
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that globally there are over 2 million work-related deaths per year.
All these figures are well known to be under-reported.
Workers and employers need to be made aware of the risks that they face, and how to manage them. But health and safety bodies in the individual EU Member States cannot do this alone. That is why the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work was set up, in 1996.
The Agency's mission is to make Europe's workplaces safer, healthier and more productive. They do this by bringing together and sharing knowledge and information, to promote a culture of risk prevention.
Likewise the ILO does the same thing globally through its Worksafe programmes and the Network of health and safety information centres.
But ALL countries and organisations need to set up services and systems to ensure that they too bring together and share knowledge and information, to promote a culture of risk prevention.
Sadly in some rich countries there now seems to be a view that health and safety information and knowledge is "out there on the Internet and is FREE OF CHARGE". So they do not really need health and safety information to be produced and disseminated.
Even those who are NOT information specialists should know that this is just another MYTH... and that governments and the budget holders should recognise that leaving it to" others" to do is not going to change things in their own country. What they will find is rising numbers of fatalities, injuries and long-term ill-health.
So why wait until your workers start and become yet another grim statistic?
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