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28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 2014
Sheila Pantry OBE

On 28 April we remember all those who have been made ill or suffered fatal injury in the workplace and resolve to make extra efforts to improve the standards of health and safety. In many parts of the world, national authorities, trade unions, employers’ organizations and safety and health practitioners organise activities to celebrate this date in various ways. See:

The theme for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2014 World Day for Safety and Health at Work is Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work. Chemicals are key to modern life, and will continue to be produced and used in workplaces. With concerted efforts, governments, employers, and workers and their organizations can achieve the sound management of chemicals for an appropriate balance between the benefits of chemical use and the preventive and control measures of potential adverse impacts on workers, workplaces, communities and the environment.

Trade Union Movement

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) held on 28 April every year commemorates those workers. All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight like hell for the living”. The TUC coordinates activities across the UK, publishing a comprehensive listing of events and suggestions.

A listing of the global activities is available from the www.hazards.org/wmd and information on Workers Memorial Day at www.gmhazards.org.uk/campaigns. More info at info@hazardscampaign.org.uk.

This year the UK TUC is calling on health and safety representatives, trades councils and safety campaigners to make 28 April a day of action to defend health and safety.

This is a list of some of those events that are happening up and down the UK. Most will also feature a minute’s silence at noon, or a suitable time. All are on 28th April unless indicated otherwise.

More information: www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day

UK Memorial Website

Look also at the UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Memorial website: www.sheilapantry.com/memorial

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FOCUS

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It is always good to review health, safety, chemical, fire and environment procedures on a regular basis. It is also important that the practices and systems in the workplace are constantly reviewed and if necessary, improved. This review may also indicate training requirements and updates and re-thinking how systems and services can be improved. This is where the free-of-charge OSHWORLD can help you.

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Resources

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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 2013 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying again in 2014!

And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2014 and beyond!