Safe Work Australia is recognizing World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday, 28 April 2017.
During this day, those who have died at work will be honoured. Everyone is encouraged to reflect about how our actions can prevent work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the future.
While Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards, 178 workers still lost their lives in 2016. Safe Work Australia aims to prevent further injuries and fatalities by raising awareness and taking the lead in work health and safety.
Workers’ Memorial Day has been organised worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996. Its purpose is to honour the memory of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases, as well as organize worldwide awareness campaign.
Everyone can get involved in the event by practicing good work health and safety, honouring the memory of those who died at work, and promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace. Some of the activities that can be done include:
- Organising a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
- Display promotional posters in your workplace
- Screen a seminar from the Virtual Seminar Series at your workplace
- Arrange for a safety expert to speak at your workplace
- Attend a local workers’ memorial event with your colleagues or family
To participate in World day discussions on social media, use the hashtag #worldWHSday2017.
More details about the event are available on Safe Work Australia’s website.
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