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World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day

Safe Work Australia will recognise World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday 28 April 2017.

This is a day when we honour those who have died at work and think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.

Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards, but 178[1] workers still lost their lives in 2016. By raising awareness and taking the lead in work health and safety, we can help prevent further injuries and death.

How to get involved

On 28 April, you can take the lead in workplace health and safety by:

  • practicing good work health and safety
  • honouring the memory of those who have died at work and stopping for a moment of silence
  • promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace
    • organise a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
    • display promotional posters in your workplace (see below)
    • 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.

You can also use #worldWHSday2017 when participating in World Day discussions on social media.

Resources

The following resources will help you take the lead in workplace health and safety:

Further information

Workers’ Memorial Day has been organised worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996. Its purpose is to honour the memory of victims of occupational accidents and diseases, and organise worldwide awareness campaigns on this date.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has observed the World Day on Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally since 2003. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

Details for local workers’ memorial events are available on the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) website or your local state or territory regulator websites.

For information on World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017, visit the International Labour Organization website.