World Day for Safety and Health at Work started in 2003 and is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of risks and promote safety for all workers. In addition, this day is set aside as a day to remember those who have died due to accidents and illnesses associated with their job, according to the International Labour Organization
The theme for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work is, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge.” The purpose of the theme for this year’s campaign is to educate employees and employers on the effects that workplace stress can have on productivity, quality of work, and quality of life.
“Work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and developing countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same time an important source of pyschosocial risks and the ideal venue to address them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers,” according to the International Labour Organization.
How your business can participate in World Day for Safety and Health at Work
You can support this campaign by participating, and encouraging your employees to participate in a variety of ways. A few simple ideas include:
- Holding a moment of silence in your workplace to remember those who have died at work
- Hold a breakfast or brief meeting discussing the reiterating of safety and health
- Invite a local expert to speak to your employees on the importance of safety in the workplace
- Invite your employees to use #worldWHSday2016 on social media. Use this hashtag when promoting your business on social media.
- Allow an expert to teach your employees about healthy ways to cope with stress on the job including breathing and meditation techniques.
- Brainstorm with employees on ways to reduce stress in the workplace
Take a stand against workplace injury, illness and death by encouraging your employees to stay safe, follow safety protocols and monitor their health. Working together we can help save more lives on the job.
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Source : http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang–en/index.htm