World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016 observed globally

Apr 28, 2016 08:18 IST

ILO28 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The 2016 World Day for Safety and Health at Work was observed across the world on 28 April 2016 with the theme Workplace Stress: a collective challenge.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) celebrates World Day for Safety and Health to raise awareness of safety in the workplace. Occurring annually since 2003, each year it focuses on a specific area and bases a campaign around the theme.

The day 28 April has also long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.

Background

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

The 28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996. Its purpose is to honour the memory of victims of occupational accidents and diseases by organizing global awareness campaigns on this date.

In 2003, the ILO became involved in the April 28 campaign upon request from the trade union movement. Therefore, since 2003, the ILO observes the World Day on Safety and Health at Work on April 28 capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.

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