World Day for Safety and Health at Work - April 28

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April since 2003.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work - April 28

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases - more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.

The joint campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025. Achieving these goals requires a concerted and integrated approach that promotes a culture of prevention on occupational safety health (OSH) benefiting the next generation of the global workforce.

The 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) account for more than 15 per cent of the world's labour force and suffer up to a 40 per cent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers older than 25.

Many factors can increase youth vulnerability to OSH risks, such as their physical and psychological stage of development, lack of work experience and lack of training, limited awareness of work-related hazards and a lack of bargaining power that can lead young workers to accept dangerous tasks or jobs with poor working conditions.

The 2018 SafeDay campaign highlights the critical importance of addressing these challenges and improving safety and health for young workers, not only to promote decent youth employment, but also to link these efforts to combat hazardous child labour. 

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.

A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

In Kenya, the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) has organized THE ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2018 to celebrate this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The conference will be held on 27-28 April, 2018 at the National Technology Development Centre, Athi River, Machakos County, Kenya and aims to bring together the experts in occupational safety and health and allied fields. DOSHS has called upon professionals to submit papers in line with this year's theme: "Improving Workplace Safety: DO YOU KNOW YOUR ROLE?" The deadline for submission of abstracts and papers is 31st March 2018.

DOSHS is also inviting workplaces/Occupiers to participate in the National Annual Occupational Safety and Health Awards Competition, which will culminate in prize giving ceremony to be held during the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. 

This year's  awards will focus on:-

  1. Agriculture Sector (Horticulture Floriculture and related)  
  2. Construction  Sector, 
  3. Manufacturing Sector and 
  4. Service Sector

Participation forms and guidelines can be obtained from all DOSHS offices and the Ministry's Website: www.labour.go.ke. Deadline for submission of duly filled forms is 14th March 2018. Forms should be submitted to doshaward@gmail.com 

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