This day is observed on 28 April every year by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since 2003.
- The day is observed in order to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases at the workplace.
- The day is also commemorated as International Day for Dead and Injured Workers.
Aims and Objectives:
- The initiative was launched with the aim of promoting occupational safety and health culture globally.
- The awareness-raising campaign works at reducing the magnitude of work-related deaths and injuries.
- It stresses at the need of ensuring better infrastructure, making laws and services to enforce compliance, and recognizing emerging occupational risks to make the workplace safer for the workers.
- The day is also used as a significant tool to bring to notice various emerging risks at the workplace ranging from new technologies to working conditions and psychosocial factors like work-related stress.
Theme for 2021:
- The theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 is ‘Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems’.
- It acknowledges the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s working lives and the importance of building an effective, resilient, and adaptable Work Health and Safety framework.
- It also addresses the issues related to the sudden shift to new forms of working arrangements like teleworking and how they have increased the OSH risk, including psychosocial risks and violence in particular.
About International Labour Organization (ILO):
- It is a United Nations (UN) agency.
- It deals with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all.
- It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
- It was founded in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.
- It is a tripartite organization that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers in its executive bodies.
- In 1969, ILO received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving fraternity and peace among nations.
- India is the founding member of ILO.