Governments, trade unions and employers are highlighting the importance of workplace safety today. April 28 is the World Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Day. The motto of the current edition is “Health and safety – the core of future work”. The National Labor Inspectorate carries out extraordinary inspections during the World Day.
In Slovakia, according to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family (MLSAF), 38 people did not return from work last year. Another 69 has permanent consequences after the injury. Together they recorded 8973 registered accidents at work. “Despite the lower number of injuries compared to 2017, it is still very much. It must be our challenge to achieve that my colleagues at the National Labor Inspectorate have nothing to save and deal with in terms of work injuries, so that they do not have to deal with fatal accidents at all. I therefore also urge employers to create safe working conditions and employees to respect the instructions of the superiors and be careful, ”said Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family Ján Richter (Smer-SD).
The Minister stressed the importance of prevention, especially for employers with higher injuries. “There is no need to forget about the lifelong training of employees in the area of occupational safety and health to eliminate their potential contribution to occupational accidents,” Richter added. According to the spokesperson for Veronika Husárová, the National Labor Inspectorate organizes activities focused on counseling, education and control in the area of occupational health and safety throughout the year.
The World Health and Safety Day, April 28, was the beginning of a series of events and activities organized around the world throughout 2019. As highlighted by the ILO (International Labor Organization) on its website, events will be safety, health and the future of work.
The ILO will publish a world report assessing 100 years dedicated to saving lives and promoting a safe and healthy workplace environment. The ambition of the administration is to recall the development of safety and health at work since the establishment of the ILO in 1919, by highlighting the most important stages that have marked and influenced the way in which the ILO has contributed to safety and health at work. In order for the discussions to be more profound, the ILO will present 33 papers from leading members of the world working safety community, messages and testimonies highlighting various aspects and practices in the field of safety and health at work, as well as the future of work.
World Health and Safety Day has been celebrated since 2003 by the ILO. It has consistently stressed the need to prevent occupational accidents and diseases through social dialogue and tripartite negotiations.
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