World Day for Safety and health At work, 2020

By Shubham Diwate

“STOP THE PANDEMIC: safety and health at work can” save lives.

Humans have unlimited ends and scarce means which they satisfy by working endlessly. Working is the inevitable part of everyone’s lives. As it defines the way of our life and the way we live, it is important to have a safe and secure workplace environment.

Since 2003, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 28th April as World Day for Safety and Health at Work which is sent to support human pride, opportunity, rights and security practice in the work environment. The ILO is using this day to raise awareness on the adoption of safe practices in workplace and the role that occupational safety and health (OSH) services play. It will also focus on the medium to long-term, including recovery and future preparedness, in integrating measures into OSH management systems and policies at the national and enterprise levels. The day is set apart to reevaluate wellbeing insurances from the business’ point of view and furthermore bring issues to light of safe and precautionary measure full workplaces.

As employers we are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. As workers we are responsible to work safely and to protect ourselves and not to endanger others, to know our rights and to participate in the implementation of preventive measures.

Importance of the DAY(&Safety advice):

  • Aware about the Surroundings
  • Absenteeism Drops
  • Reduce workplace Stress
  • Employee Insurance claims decrease in safe work environment
  • Use tools appropriately
  • Safety reduces business costs and Disruptions
  • Update your supervisor about the unsafe conditions
  • Wear the right safety equipment’s
  • Use mechanical assistance
  • Safe work conditions enhance goodwill
  • Stay sober
  • Know your rights

The most common workplace Illnesses:

  • Cancers from exposure of Hazardous materials
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Hearing Loss
  • Circulatory Diseases
  • Communicable Disease

Some studies show that, Unsafe and Unhealthy environment at workplace causes about 70,000 poisoning deaths each year, and at least seven million cases of acute and long-term non-fatal illnesses.

What needs to be IMPROVED? (Risk factors that are specific to young workers)-

  • Physical Development
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Level of Education
  • Job Skills
  • Work Experience

Because their presence in hazardous economic sectors and their exposure to the hazards found in these sectors further increase their risk of sustaining occupational injury and disease.

In addition to unemployment and underemployment; the crisis will also impact working conditions, wages and access to social protection, with particularly negative effects on specific groups that are more vulnerable to adverse labour market outcomes.

Thanks to concerted global efforts to eradicate hazardous child labour, the number of 15 to 17 years old in hazardous work fell from 47.5 million in 2012 to 37.15 million in 2016.      However, 42 percent of employed adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17 were still engaged in hazardous work in 2016, constituting about 25 percent of all children involved in child labour.

ILO explores measures to prevent and control the risk of contagion, psychological risks, ergonomic and other work-related safety and health risks associated with the pandemic. The ILO Centenary Declaration adopted in June 2019 declared that “Safe and Healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work”. There are some ILO and WHO issued conventions under which number of provisions and its Recommendation offer prevention and protection measures to mitigate the negative safety and health effects of pandemic such as COVID-19 in the world of work.

Recently, President assents the          Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which will ensure the security and safety of health workers. This welcoming and positive move by central government and president after series of events which disturbed the moral of Frontline Fighters in this pandemic, but now we need special measures to protect other aspects of this paradox of problems of the millions of health care workers and other workers who risk their own health for us every day.


An official statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, “We need special measures to protect the millions of health care workers and other workers who risk their own health for us every day.”

28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.

Webinar Organized by ILO–en/index.htm

Toolbox for the collection and use of OSH data (issued by ILO)

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