Updated: 20th April 2020
Tuesday 28 April 2020 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. This is a time to think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness. By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.
The theme for 2020 is Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.
Recognising the great challenges and changes that our governments, workplaces and communities are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work and coronavirus in particular.
Employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace, and this extends to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. It also includes managing the risks to psychological health, too.
Ways to get involved
We encourage you to promote World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April by:
Coronavirus: for coronavirus information and resources, including industry-specific guidance, managing changed workplace practices and systems, pandemic planning, mental wellbeing, working from home and more
International Labour Organisation website (external link): information and a poster about World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day
International Trade Unions Confederation (external link): ideas for activities and ways to promote the day