WORLD DAY FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK – 2017

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The annual celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work will take place on the 28th April 2017. This year the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) campaign focuses on the critical need for countries to improve the collection and utilisation of reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in the work place.

Although the Department of Labour Chief Inspector, Tibor Szana, has committed to ensuring “Zero Harm” initiatives this year, it is individuals and companies that need to step up to the plate and ensure we put safety first in all work areas from business offices to construction sites. Everyone is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others.

Safety in the workplace is a very important issue. Workers’ compensation insurance and keeping employees happy and healthy is essential by putting safeguards in place to reduce workplace accidents.

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Tips for safety at work are:

  • Know the hazards in your workplace
  • Take regular breaks to reduce stress.
  • Follow safety rules
  • Wear all Personal Protective Equipment
  • Be alert and aware and prepared – this makes all the difference.
  • Create incident reports after each workplace incident / accident
  • Train all employees
  • Communicate expectations for a safe work environment
  • Practice good housekeeping
  • Ask for help
  • Work as a team

Despite efforts to create a safe working environment incidents still occur. Through sound reporting and investigation these can still further be reduced.

How to improve submission of good statistics:

  • Create a non-blame culture – prevents hiding of root causes
  • Report all incidents not matter how trivial.
  • Report all near misses – these are a sign of a need for better control
  • Display the injury statistics using rates and by comparing departments
  • Explain to employees what statistics mean so they understand them
  • Use incidents in the tool bx talk to demonstrate prevention strategies
  • Incentivise good report writing through reward schemes
  • Include statistics in monthly and annual management reports
  • Offer the necessary levels of education, training, resources, and expertise to take ownership