28 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work was observed globally on April 28, 2018.
2018 Theme: Occupational safety health (OSH) vulnerability of young workers
This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the World Day against Child Labour are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
The main aim of the joint campaign is to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025.
The total number of young workers globally -541, which includes 37 million children in hazardous child labour, account for more than 15 per cent of the world’s labour force.
The young work force is also reported to suffer up to a 40 per cent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers older than the age of 25.
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About World Day for Safety and Health at Work
• The day is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work.
• It promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
• It is held on April 28 every year and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
• It aims to establish a national occupational safety and health culture, where the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.
What: Observed globally