28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at Work
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:
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)
- International Workers’ Memorial Day
- International Social Security Association (ISSA)
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.
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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