28 Apr World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day
Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.
This year’s theme is Stop the pandemic: safety and health at work can save lives. It was set by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to recognise the challenges workplaces are facing due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has brought with it a need for Australians to adapt to rapidly changing workplace practices. Under the model work health and safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace. This duty extends to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Today, AWCI urges its members to think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.
By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.
How to Get Involved
We encourage you to promote World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April by:
- Promoting the importance of ensuring Work Health and Safety in your workplace physically or virtually
- Viewing Safe Work Australia’s content on COVID-19 information for workplaces
- Using #worldWHSday2020 or #IWMD2020 on social media
- Having a chat about workplace health and safety in your work meetings
- Finding out if your workplace has Employee Assistance Provider services
- Sharing resources from International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to raise awareness and remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.