SafeDay puts occupational safety and health in the spotlight


The World Day for Safety and Health at Work – or simply SafeDay – is held each year on 28 April and is organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to promote occupational safety and health across the globe. This year, SafeDay is all about improving the working conditions of young workers and putting an end to child labour.  

The International Labour Organisation’s objective is to put the spotlight on the problem of (fatal) occupational accidents, which continue to occur daily. To promote occupational health and safety worldwide, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work – or SafeDay – is held each year on 28 April.

Ending child labour

This year, SafeDay focuses on improving the safety and health of young workers and ending child labour. One of the targets of this joint campaign is to end all forms of child labour by 2025.

Hazardous jobs

The key topics are highly relevant: young workers (between 15 and 24 years of age) account for more than 15% of the world’s labour force. Up to 37 million of these young workers are engaged in dangerous jobs. The number of non-fatal occupational injuries within this group is 40% higher than among adult workers older than 25.

Many factors can increase the vulnerability of young workers to occupational safety and health risks, such as their lack of work experience or training, and their limited awareness of work-related hazards.   

Find out more about SafeDay 2018 (Dutch and French only)

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