Time to prepare for World Day for Safety and Health, 28 April 2009
Sheila Pantry OBE
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is now an annual worldwide event held on 28th April.
It offers organisations, unions and others worldwide the opportunity to raise awareness about raising standards of safety and health in workplaces. It also gives time to remember those who have died in workplaces or have sustained lifelong injuries and ill-health.
It is an integral part of the International Labour Office SafeWork's Global Strategy, as documented in the Conclusions of the International Labour Conference in June 2003. Advocacy, as exemplified by World Day, is one of the main pillars of the Global Strategy, and should raise awareness about safe and unsafe workplace practices and the need to move occupational safety and health up the political agenda. On this day the ICFTU and many countries observes Worker Memorial Day and often the two can be combined.
Last year, events were held in many countries worldwide. They ranged for example, from speeches held by leaders from government, employers' organizations and trade unions to seminars, workshops and worker coffee meetings all focusing on occupational safety and health.
As you to begin preparing activities in your organisation, region or country think of new ways that you can communicate the health and safety message. Your activities will carry the Day and contribute to its success. So it is time to prepare for your commitment to what has become a major annual event.
Everyone from Directors, Managers, Supervisors and Workers should be involved in creating a safe and healthy culture in your workplace. The definition of a safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels. It is one where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the principle of prevention is accorded the highest priority.
Building and maintaining a preventative safety and health culture requires making use of all available means to increase general awareness, knowledge and understanding of the concepts of hazards and risks and how they may be prevented or controlled.
Do not let the current economic climate interfere in ensuring that good health and safety in the workplaces are maintained. The message is "Don't let health and safety slip of the agenda"!
This month's FOCUS article looks at two new reports from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The reports look at Occupational skin diseases and dermal exposure and Workplace exposure to vibration in Europe. These reports warn about two major dangers in the workplace.
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Worldwide, plans have been made already up to 2010 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events. Don't forget to budget for these events - make sure that you and your colleagues are up-to-date with the very latest knowledge - remember that all workplaces and those working in them change, so continue to do your risk assessments.
See for example: 13 May 2009 - Mind the Gap: Keeping up-to-date in fire information 2009: Fire Information Group UK (FIGUK) Conference. Essential one-day conference for all those involved in Information in fire and fire related topics. Benefit from the expertise of specialist speakers. It will be held at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, and London, UK.
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Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Well did you have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2008 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying again in 2009!
And do start to make plans for your campaigns for 2009!