The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is commemorated every April 28. It was in 2003 when the International Labor Organization (ILO) decided that it was necessary to create a special day to give the importance they deserve to occupational diseases and accidents that occur in this same space. It was thus that it was decided to establish a world day in collaboration with the United Nations Organization (UN). In these global or international days, the aim is to raise awareness among the population on issues related to society, development, human rights or, as in this case, health.

The choice of this day was not by chance. And it is that on this same date the unions celebrate the International Day of Commemoration of the Deceased and Injured Workers. It is a day on which the trade union movement honors all those workers who have suffered an accident at work or suffer from an occupational disease.

The 2022 campaign for the Day of Safety and Health at Work

Every year, on the occasion of the Day for Safety and Health at Work, the ILO launches an international campaign that aims to promote occupational safety. The celebration of April 28, 2022 will focus on participation and social dialogue as ways to create a culture of positive health and safety. The 2020 campaign focused on covid-19, while last year’s campaign had the slogan “Anticipate crises, prepare and respond: Invest today in resilient occupational health and safety systems.”

For this 2022, the ILO wants to focus on the importance of having an occupational safety and health system (OSH) as seen during the coronavirus pandemic. A review of the regulatory framework is essential to address the challenges of applying the appropriate measures in the workplace and, for this, it is necessary to have social dialogue. In this way, governments, companies and partners actively participate in the entire process and the commitment of all parties is encouraged. Open communication and dialogue are essential for achieving understanding and, above all, for workers to feel safe in their workplace while continuing to make progress in building a culture of safety and health for all.