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Stay safe at work in April

When: April 28

What: Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, workplace fatalities in the United States have dropped by 65 percent. But worldwide, someone dies of a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Do your part to support workers April 28 during the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Background: Established in 2003 by the International Labor Organization and the United Nations, World Day for Safety and Health at Work stands to promote awareness of occupational accidents and disease. In many areas of the world, this day is celebrated with organized activities by national authorities, trade unions, employers’ organizations and safety and health practitioners.

Story Pitch: Any group or business that is related to workplace safety and employee well-being can approach this day in a variety of ways. Groups that promote legislation and standards for worker safety will want to reach out to industry partners and politicians to showcase how they’ve worked together in the past and what they hope to do in the future. Similarly, those who provide workplace safety training can promote their services and what preparedness and training can do about newer health and safety concerns that emerging fields present. Also, companies that produce safety equipment and design safe working environments may want to promote their latest accomplishments in design and materials, as well as how they’re adapting to newer job environments, technology and challenges.

Story Hook: Polling has shown that employees who feel actively engaged with their work have healthier lifestyles. What other ways can a workplace impact someone’s health? Keep the following in mind when making your pitch:

  • In what job sector do most injuries and fatalities occur in the United States?
  • What steps are taken to improve workplace health and safety?
  • How can employees access information and improve their work environment safety?
  • What are the challenges presented by work in new fields, such as biotech?

Tips: Be sure to provide contact information for experts on OSHA compliance, as well as work conditions worldwide. Someone who has worked in unsafe conditions before would make a great source as well.

Resources:

International Labour Organization
(202) 617-3952
washington(at)ilo.org
www.ilo.org

International Safety Equipment Association
(703) 525-1695
http://safetyequipment.org

United States Department of Labor
(866) 487-2365
www.dol.gov

National Association of Safety Professionals
(800) 922-2219
info(at)napsweb.com
http://naspweb.com

–Researched, compiled & written by Nicholas Testa
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