By Amina Faki
The International Labor Organization (ILO) to hold a campaign tomorrow for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) started observing the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, 2003. The ILO is devoted to advancing opportunities for people to obtain decent and productive working conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. It aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, boost social protection, and strengthen dialogue in work-related issues.
The day was declared by ILO to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally aimed at creating awareness raising campaign focusing on international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases, and fatalities.
The main focus of the campaign will be on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.
A global plan of global action with specific targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all was adopted by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 25th September 2015. This has made it easier to collect and utilize reliable OSH data which is also indispensable for countries to fulfill their commitment to implement and report on the agenda’s 17 on sustainable development goals and their targets.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is only an observance and it is not meant to be a public holiday.