The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April which encourages the global prevention of occupational accidents, injuries, illnesses and deaths. The aim is to raise awareness on the severity of such work-related events and on how the implementation of a safety and health culture can help.
As employers we are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. As workers we are responsible to work safely and to protect ourselves and not to endanger others, to know our rights and to participate in the implementation of preventive measures. At Prodesign, everyone gives much importance to maintaining safety and health at work and the necessary measures are taken to ensure the well-being of all staff.
Today, governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing a great challenge worldwide to combat COVID-19. This year, World Day for Safety and Health at Work is focussing on the spread of infectious diseases at work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is raising awareness on safe practices in workplaces and the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH). ILO is also focusing on the medium to long-term preparedness measures and new OSH management systems and policies at corporate level. At Prodesign, we will consult OSH guidelines and standards to promote the safety and well-being of our people in the face of the pandemic.
ILO has given some examples of preventive measures to prevent contagion. These are:
– Physical distance (e.g., introducing working shifts; using phone calls and virtual meetings; etc.)
– Hygiene (e.g. providing hand disinfectants; promoting good respiratory hygiene at the workplace; etc.)
– Cleaning (e.g. regularly cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces of desks, workstations and working objects; regularly disinfecting common areas; etc).
– Training and communication (e.g. on the preventive measures adopted; on their right to remove themselves from a work situation that poses an imminent and serious danger for life or health, etc.)
– Personal protective equipment (PPE).
– Response (e.g., arranging for isolation of any person who develops symptoms at the work site and adequately disinfecting the work site; providing health surveillance of persons who have been in close contact with the infected worker).
ILO. (2020) ‘In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work’, https://www.ilo.org/
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