In the past year, health and safety protocol has been challenged and exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. From trivial procedures like sanitization of the workplace, door handles to ensuring minimum capacity in meeting rooms. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva celebrates World Safety & Health at work on the 28th of April 2021, with the intention of putting a focus and raising awareness on resilient ad sustainable OHS work practices.
According to an article written by Awareness Days, 6300 people die as a result of occupational accidents every year. More than 2.3 million deaths per year are a result of work-related diseases, while 317 million accidents take place at work. It further reports that annually, the GDP affected by employee absence is 4 percent globally.
Leveraging on the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention in 2006, the demonstration of the importance of inclusive occupational health services and practices was emphasized to global counterparts, with a need to adopt these at their national level. As prevention is better than cure, it is important for countries to initiate programs and projects that aim to ensure such information is accessible and visible, prior to being hit by a bus.
Leading by example, India celebrated its National Safety Day on the 4th of March 2021, as a means of stimulating dialogue and raising awareness on the various safety and hygienic measure to be considered for safe, daily living. Based on a theme, the day honed in on Road Safety, which leads one to believe that a rigorous and frequent overlook of existing safety measures is our best chance of staying ahead of a pandemic ball game. This will assist governments and health care systems to be ready for impact, as an investment in measurable health and safety systems would be second nature to us.
Let’s invest in wearing our masks, washing our hands, staying clean and hydrated!