SafeDay 2018 – Generation “Safe & Healthy”
Workers of all ages have the right to safe and healthy work. The focus of the 2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work – SafeDay1 – on 28 April is younger workers. The main objectives are to enable the transition from school to work and from youth to adulthood in a safe and healthy working environment. The International Social Security Association (ISSA) has voiced its support for SafeDay 2018 in the strongest of terms: a world without accidents, diseases or harm at work is possible, says the ISSA.
The recent launch of the global Vision Zero campaign at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore last September represents a major driving force to improve workers’ safety, health and well-being worldwide. The campaign aims to engage organizations and companies worldwide in a global effort to systematically reduce occupational accidents and diseases by investing in a healthy and motivated workforce.
On the occasion of SafeDay, the ISSA has encouraged over a thousand Vision Zero companies, partners and trainers in more than 90 countries which so far have signed up for the campaign, to intensify their prevention efforts and to organize events with a special focus on younger workers. The ISSA has offered documentation and ideas on how to organize such events and will broadcast these via its social media channels.
Join the campaign at <visionzero.global/join-us>!2
Young workers and safety and health at work
The ISSA is pleased to support the ILO’s SafeDay 2018 in view of the longstanding collaboration between the two organisation in the promotion occupational health and safety worldwide. Two specific aspects of the ILO’s mandate shape this year’s Day: to improve the safety and health of young workers and to end child labour. In this regard, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025 are key objectives for the ILO’s actions.
With regard to the needs of younger workers, the statistics speak for themselves. Specifically, the ILO reports that young workers (aged 15–24) suffer up to 40 per cent higher rate of occupational injuries than adult workers (aged 25+). European statistics show that workers aged 18 to 24 are more likely to have a serious accident at work than older adults, while exposure to poor working conditions may lead to the development of occupational diseases while still young or later in life.3
In view of this, the International Section of the ISSA on Education and Training for Prevention has issued three Declarations on young workers; namely, the Québec Protocol (2003), the Berlin Declaration (2006) and the Lisbon Charter (2009).4 Importantly, these present a targeted strategy for the occupational health and safety orientation, training and support of young people.
Prevention culture at work, qualifications and involvement of young workers
A strong safety and health culture at company level, active involvement and the provision of the necessary qualifications can secure a safe start for young people at work and provide them with the opportunity to develop and realise their potential.
The ISSA’s Vision Zero Guide represents a systematic and integrated approach to prevention in the workplace and thus promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of workers, based on 7 Golden Rules. Implementing the seven golden rules represents a long-term investment for companies – but it is one that pays off for all.
Seven golden rules
The seven golden rules:
- Take leadership – demonstrate commitment
- Identify hazards – control risks
- Define targets – develop programmes
- Ensure a safe and healthy system – be well-organized
- Ensure safety and health in machines, equipment and workplaces
- Improve qualifications – develop competence
- Invest in people – motivate by participation
Further information about the ISSA’s Vision Zero strategy is available at <www.visionzero.global>.
The website offers background information, training materials and communication material. In addition, it provides a form by means of which interested enterprises and organizations can pledge their support for, and become actively engaged with, the Vision Zero campaign.