World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 28, 2016

April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. 

According to the United Nations every year two million men and women lose their lives through accidents and diseases linked to their work. In addition, there are 270 million occupational related accidents and 160 million occupational related diseases each year.

This day was designed to create a national occupational safety and health culture where the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels and where workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment. 

International Labor Organization (ILO) Director, General Guy Ryder, offered these ideals to create a national culture of occupational safety and health:

  • Respecting at all levels the right to a safe and healthy working environment;
  • Active participation of all stakeholders in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties; and
  • Giving the highest priority to the principle of prevention.

Companies around the world including Bechtel have made commitments to make safety a part of their culture. From no cell phone policies, to office toolbox talks, to ongoing training, safety is engrained into company culture. 

Melon Heads is a safety program used on many projects to demonstrate the importance of securing equipment when working at heights.

Here is the Curtis Island Project sharing their Melon Head Safety video:

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