World Day for Safety and Health At Work 2017

Team of workers and engineer in Factory at production training with laptop

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) holds the annual World Day for Safety and Health on April 28th; an awareness campaign focusing on prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. Each year focuses on specific aspects of workplace safety in an attempt to combat them. Previous years have included 'Workplace Stress', 'Promoting Safety and Health in a Green Economy' and 'Decent Work: Safe Work: HIV/AIDS'. 2017 focuses on the need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilise reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.

Here are stats on Workplace Safety provided by covering 2015/16:
  • 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 144 workers killed at work
  • 72,703 other injuries reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences)
  • 621,000 injuries at work according to the labour force survey
  • 30.4 million working days lost due to work related illness and workplace injury
  • 14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions


World Day for Safety and Health coincides with The ILO’s International Worker’s Memorial Day. Officially recognised by the UK government, Workers Memorial Day is commemorated through the world.

International Workers Memorial Day is a time for workers to come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work. It also works to improve current working standards and lessen workplace accidents in the future.  The slogan is “remember the dead- fight for the living”.

The TUC says “unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.”

The 2017 theme is ‘Good Health and Safety for All Workers’ and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap.

Learn more about the events here: