World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Every year on April 28, Safetysure observes the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an international event dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces worldwide. Established by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2003, this event recognizes the importance of fostering a culture of safety and health at work, which is vital to the well-being of millions of workers and their families. As we commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, let’s take a closer look at its significance and the steps organisation can take to create safer and healthier work environments.


The ILO estimates that roughly 2.3 million people die yearly from work-related accidents and diseases. Additionally, there are approximately 317 million non-fatal occupational accidents that occur annually. These alarming numbers highlight the urgent need to prioritise safety and health in the workplace. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work aims to raise awareness of these issues and encourage organisations to establish preventive measures that protect their employees from harm.

Themes and Key Messages

Every year, the ILO chooses a theme for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to focus on a specific workplace safety and health area. Past themes have included addressing occupational stress, promoting safety culture, and tackling emerging risks. The 2023 theme, “Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace,” highlights the importance of addressing mental health issues as a critical aspect of ensuring a safe and healthy working environment.

Key messages for this year’s event emphasise the need for organisations to:

  1. Recognise the impact of work-related stress and mental health issues on employee well-being and productivity.
  2. Implement measures to identify and address the factors contributing to workplace stress and mental health issues.
  3. Foster a supportive work environment that promotes an open dialogue about mental health and encourages employees to seek help when needed.
  4. Provide access to mental health resources and support services for employees.


Supporting Mental Health at Work

Australian Work Health & Safety Strategy

Creating a Safe and Healthy Work Environment

Organisations can take several steps to promote safety and health at work:

  1. Develop a strong safety culture: A strong safety culture is built on shared values, beliefs, and attitudes towards workplace safety. Organisations should prioritise safety at all levels and encourage employees to actively identify and address potential hazards.
  2. Implement risk assessment and management processes: Regularly assessing and managing risks is crucial to preventing work-related accidents and diseases. Organisations should establish systems for identifying hazards, assessing risks, and implementing appropriate control measures.
  3. Provide training and education: Regular training and education on safety and health issues can help employees understand their roles and responsibilities in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. Topics may include hazard identification, safe work practices, and emergency response procedures.
  4. Encourage employee involvement: Employees should be encouraged to participate in safety and health initiatives, such as reporting hazards, sharing ideas for improvement, and participating in safety committees.
  5. Monitor and review: Organisations should establish systems for monitoring and reviewing their safety and health performance, using the results to identify areas for improvement and drive continuous progress.


The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an important reminder of our responsibility in ensuring safe and healthy work environments. By focusing on this year’s theme of promoting mental health in the workplace, organisations can take a holistic approach to employee well-being, ultimately contributing to a safer and more productive workforce.

As we celebrate this important day, let’s remember that workplace safety and health is not just a one-day event but a continuous effort that requires the commitment of employers, employees, and governments alike. Together, we can work towards a world where everyone has the right to a safe and healthy working environment.

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