World Day for Safety and Health at Work 28 April 2021

DMIRS Safety Director urges workplaces to get behind global safety event
Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn is encouraging workplaces to get involved in the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The International Labour Organisation event observed each year on 28 April honours workers who have died as a result of a work-related injury or illness.

The theme for this year’s event is: “Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient work health and safety systems”.

“This is a very timely and appropriate theme inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“It highlights the importance of creating and maintaining resilient frameworks that can be adapted to deal with crises like this pandemic and make sure workers have that most basic right – to expect to be able to go home safely after a day’s work.

“People should take the time on this special day to focus on safety and health and make their feelings known, because by working together they can make a big difference – it is okay to speak up.”

The number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the past decade, but 183 workers still died from work injuries in 2019.

How to get involved

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


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