WORLD DAY FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK
April 28, 2023
The Progressive Labour Party joins with trade unions, employers, and the government in recognition of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
Since 2003, April 28 has been observed as part of an annual global campaign to promote occupational safety, health, and decent work.
The significance of this campaign was increased when the International Labour Conference (ILC) voted to include “a safe and healthy working environment” in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No. 155 and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No. 187 were declared fundamental conventions in June 2022.
Here in Bermuda and across the globe, the Covid pandemic brought the importance of occupational safety and health to the forefront. It also heightened the awareness that, as workers, unionists, employers, and the government, we have a shared responsibility in not only ensuring safe work environments but also creating and maintaining a preventive safety and health culture in the workplace.
In recognition of the World Day for Safety and Health and the importance of safe workplaces, the PLP encourages all stakeholders to familiarize themselves with their rights and responsibilities as outlined in Bermuda’s legislated framework and supporting regulations.
In addition, interested persons are encouraged to learn more about the topic of a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and right at work by taking part in a webinar hosted by the ILO that will take place on April 28, 2023 (click link for more details).
We each have an important role to play; together we are stronger.