World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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2024 Date28 April 2024
2025 Date28 April 2025

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work seeks to promote safe, healthy, and decent work conditions by drawing attention to current work-related issues and instigating action to solve them. The need for safe work environments, examination of barriers preventing the establishment of such environments, and the benefits of a preventative safety and health culture are central to this Observance.

The inception of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work traces back to 2003 as an international Labour Organisation campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work. In New Zealand, where both agriculture and construction industries record high rates of workplace fatalities and injuries, the observance is of significant importance. The day gains relevance in the backdrop of statistics from WorkSafe New Zealand, which reveal that each year, about 50 to 60 people die in work accidents. Hence, it provides an opportunity for workers, employers, and governments to reiterate their commitment to improving workplace safety and reducing work-related deaths and injuries.

In New Zealand, World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed through numerous activities organised by government agencies, employers, and worker organisations. These events may include educational workshops, safety training sessions, discussions on health and safety policies, and recognition of best practices in workplace safety. Media also plays a critical role in raising awareness by highlighting the significance of the day. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on April 28th, reinforcing the country's commitment to preventing work-related accidents and diseases.

Facts about World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • An estimate by the ILO indicates that work-related accidents and diseases are responsible for more than 2.3 million fatalities per year.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 is the primary legislation covering occupational health and safety in New Zealand, replacing the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. This new Act expanded protections for workers and increased potential penalties for breaches.
  • According to WorkSafe, every year, approximately 50-60 people are killed in work-related incidents, while many others suffer from work-related health issues or injuries.

Top things to do in NZ for this observance

  • Learn the fire exits and emergency exits around your workplace. Having knowledge of the escapes can aid you in case of an emergency.
  • Watch the UN'S video on occupational safety and health tips for workplaces.
  • Join a workplace safety organization: There are many organizations in New Zealand that focus on promoting workplace safety, such as the New Zealand Safety Council or the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum.
  • Take a guided tour of a workplace with strong safety practices: Some workplaces offer guided tours to show how they prioritize the health and safety of their employees.

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