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ILO World Day Emphasizes Culture of Occupational Health and Safety

In recognition of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) today called for action to build a culture of prevention in workplaces around the globe.

“It is time to consolidate occupational safety and health achievements in prevention. Good practices should be shared, promoted and emulated where possible and partnerships forged to accelerate progress toward building a global culture of prevention,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.

“Raising awareness and knowledge of occupational hazards and risks and how to prevent and control them is key for this process. Good governance will strengthen country capacities and also facilitate mobilization of national and international resources. Spending these funds wisely requires the creation and implementation of effective national occupational safety and health strategies with the aim of extending them to all sectors including micro- and small enterprises, the informal economy and agriculture.”

More than 313 million workers a year (860,000 a day) suffer occupational injuries. About 6,400 people die daily from a work-related injury or disease, amounting to 2.3 million deaths each year, the ILO reports.