World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Today, 28 April, marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
This is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work environments. It is a day that we take very seriously here at Trainwest, as we recognise the growing pressures employees face meeting the intense demands of everyday working life.
In the current economic climate workers are facing changing infrastructure, reshuffling of staff members (and of their individual roles), reduced work opportunities and the looming spectre of unemployment.
This can culminate in psychological stresses that can, and do, impact worker productivity and efficiency. The uncertain future of the mining industry, in particular, has created increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours for its employees, creating highly stressful work environments. Work related stress is now widely acknowledged as a global issue.
It is important to address these issues in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.
Every year some two million men and women lose their lives through accidents and diseases linked to their work. In addition, there are some 270 million occupational accidents and 160 million occupational diseases each year, incurring US$ 2.8 trillion in costs for lost working time and expenses for treatment, compensation and rehabilitation. Fatalities, accidents and illness at work are highly preventable and employers have an obligation to act.
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.
It is a culture that Trainwest vigorously support through our training programs and awareness campaigns. We feel that every workplace should have a trained Work Health and Safety employee to monitor these issues and to be proactive in initiating policies to avoid potentially harmful practices or procedures.
If your workplace doesn’t have an appointed WHS official, contact the team at Trainwest and we can advise you on the most appropriate training required to ensure your workplace remains a safe and healthy place of employment. Alternatively click here to learn more about our safety and health courses.