Nowadays, more people are working than ever before. And with the advent of remote work, those people are working from anywhere, at any time.
Still, new breakthroughs in the way we work shouldn’t dull us to the fact that in too many contexts, work remains unsafe. Data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that every day some 7500 people die from unsafe and unhealthy working conditions: the lion’s share of that 7500 die from work-related diseases. Not just deaths, hundreds of thousands of workers also get injured on the job, creating economic insecurity for their families and communities.
Organizations like ILO have been at the forefront of a movement to demand a culture of workplace security and prevention. And in celebration of its 100 years of crusading for safer work conditions, ILO is designating April 28, 2019 the inaugural World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
The day is meant to focus attention on the global state of occupational health and safety, specifically the need to prevent deaths, injuries, and diseases in the workplace as widespread change effects the way we work. Some of those changes include modern technologies, organizational paradigm shifts, new development strategies, as well as climate change.
Of course, safety at work isn’t a one-day event. It’s an around-the-clock commitment. As such, ILO envisages the World Day for Safety and Health at Work as a kick off to a year-long conversation about occupational health and safety. As the organization puts it:
The official World Day on 28 April 2019 will only be the beginning of worldwide events and activities to continue throughout the rest of the year, around the theme of safety and health and the future of work, celebrating and building on the wealth of knowledge and action accumulated over 100 years as we get ready to face and appreciate the changes brought forward by the future of work we want.
ILO will also put out a report chronicling the work it’s done over the last century, highlighting profound shifts in workplace safety since the organization opened its doors in 1919. Get ready!
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