World Day for Safety and Health at Work

28 April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Find out how you can get involved in your workplace.
Date: Friday, 26 April 2019

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed annually on 28 April by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and honours workers who died as a result of a work-related injury or illness. The day aims to raise awareness through its campaign to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) worldwide.

Every year the campaign continues to grow, with more participants taking the opportunity to improve organisational awareness and knowledge.

With a united goal of preventing and reducing the number of fatalities and injuries in the workplace, safety and health practitioners, participating companies, national authorities, trade unions and employers’ organisations can use the initiative to draw attention to workplace risks.

The ILO will launch a global report that shares stories of the past 100 years of reducing fatalities and improving safety and health work environments to mark the ILO’s centenary. The report will discuss changes made in different industries, including digitalisation and information and communications technology (ICT), platform work, automation and robotics, globalisation, demographics and other major influences. The report will also cover the evolution of safety and health before the inception of the ILO in 1919, and recognise the major turning points that have influenced the field of OSH.

How to get involved
We encourage you to promote World Day for Safety and Health at Work. To get involved, you can:

  • Promote World Day in your workplace.
  • Attend local Workers’ Memorial Day events.
  • Share Safe Work Australia social media posts.

The following resources will help you understand the future of work and what kinds of things to think about when you plan for adapting to challenges in the future: