Wednesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries, and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.
While the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, any workplace death is tragic and unacceptable. The latest finalised data shows that in 2019, 183 workers were fatally injured at work.
By raising awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues and taking action to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks at work, Safe Work Australia can help prevent further work-related fatalities and injuries.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work theme for 2021 as set by the International Labour Organization is Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems. The theme acknowledges the impact that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on working lives and the importance of building an effective, resilient, and adaptable WHS framework.
Get involved and promote the importance of a safe and healthy workplace this World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April by:
- using the poster to raise awareness in your workplace
- using #worldWHSday2021, #SafeDay2021 or #IWMD2021 on social media and share social media posts
- prioritising work health and safety discussions in your physical or virtual work meetings
- attending a virtual Workers’ Memorial Day event in your area
- arranging a safety expert to speak in your workplace
- watching the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: Prevention in the Connected Age
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