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Recognizing World Safety & Health at Work

Posted by CareATC on April 16, 2024

240416_BP_Health&SafetyEnsuring a safe and healthy work environment isn't just a moral obligation; it's a strategic imperative. Every year on April 28th, World Safety & Health at Work Day is a global reminder of this essential commitment. Established in 2003 by the International Labour Organization (ILO), this day underscores the collective responsibility of organizations, governments, labor unions, and public health sectors to prioritize workplace safety and well-being (National Today, 2024).

Since its inception, the observance has gained momentum, rallying stakeholders worldwide to address workplace safety and health. But why is this cause so crucial?

First and foremost, it's about human rights. Every employee deserves to return home safely, unharmed by workplace hazards. Beyond moral considerations, investing in safety has tangible benefits for businesses’ bottom line. Workplace injuries and illnesses cost the U.S. an estimated $250 billion each year. The financial toll extends beyond medical expenses to lost productivity and legal fees, impacting businesses of all sizes. (Learn more surprising stats in our blog, 7 Surprising Statistics About Occupational Health & Medicine).

In our fast-evolving landscape, new occupational risks continually emerge. These risks include:

  • New technologies and production processes (e.g. nanotechnology, biotechnology)
  • New working conditions (e.g. higher workloads, work intensification from downsizing, poor conditions associated with migration for work, jobs in the informal economy)
  • Emerging forms of employment (e.g. self-employment, outsourcing, temporary contracts) 
    (United Nations, 2024)

Employers must stay informed, adapt to new risks, and continuously create a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. By doing so, employers not only fulfill their duty of care but also cultivate a more productive and engaged workforce. Employees who feel valued and protected are inherently more motivated and loyal. This heightened morale enhances performance and efficiency, driving overall business success.

Regardless of industry or sector, the imperative remains the same: safeguarding the well-being of the workforce. As we commemorate World Safety & Health at Work Day, let's renew our commitment to fostering safe and healthy workplaces. By protecting the lives and livelihoods of workers everywhere, employers can create environments where accidents are minimized and their workforce thrives. 



National Today. World Day for Safety and Health at Work - April 28, 2024. Accessed on March 28, 2024. https://nationaltoday.com/world-day-for-safety-and-health-at-work/

United Nations. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 28 April. Accessed on March 28, 2024. https://www.un.org/en/observances/work-safety-day

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