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28.04.2021 Business Features

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

By Abibinsroma Foundation
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021
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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work

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 result 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 the global Gross Domestic Product each year according to International Labour Organization (ILO),

The COVID-19 pandemic has led governments, employers, workers and the general population to face unprecedented challenges in relation to the virus and the many effects it has had on the world of work. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on strategies to strengthen national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems to build resilience, in order to face crises now and in the future, drawing on lessons learned and experiences from the world of work

A national occupational safety and health culture are 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.

The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries, and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.

AbibiNsroma Foundation will be calling on the Ghana government to end policies that promote the exploitation and Implement policies to ensure that all women and young people have access to decent work, including by enacting legal protections to provide security in the workplace, social protection for workers, and access to quality public health and the rights of workers to participate in decision-making that affects their lives;