The World Day for Safety and Health at Work (OSH) is highlighted annually on April 28th.
Employees, employers and governments alike come together to celebrate this day with a shared purpose: promoting a health and safety culture at work.
Since 1996, each year on April 28th the global labour movement pays tribute to victims of work-related injuries and illnesses. In 2003, the International Labour Office (ILO) implemented a World Day for Safety and Health at Work, while promoting the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses by building on the traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.
According to one ILO report, 2.2 million workers die each year worldwide due to work factors. In fact, over 5,000 people die each day from a work-related accident or illness. And this number continues to grow. A new estimate by the ILO shows that occupational hazards are rising due to some developed nations rapidly becoming industrialized. According to this evaluation, the risk of occupational illness is now the greatest threat faced by employees in the workplace. These illnesses take the lives of 1.7 million people each year, which shows there are four deaths due to occupational illnesses for each death caused by an accident.
If we refer to Québec statistics for 2015, according to a statement by the CNESST, 87,618 people were victims of a work-related accident or illness (injuries). During the same period, there were 196 identified deaths following work-related accidents or illnesses. On a more positive note, recent statistics are more encouraging. The CNESST in collaboration with various partners managed to improve the number of recorded work-related accidents and injuries. The statistics show a reduction of 41% in the number of workplace accidents. At the end of the year 2000, there were a recorded 138,403 work-related accidents, compared to 81,765 in 2015. The CNESST also contributed to this decrease by implementing action plans and awareness campaigns by becoming directly involved within these environments and making its investigative reports available to the public.
Although the promotion of OSH has made significant advances over the last years, the ongoing challenge of implementing preventative actions aimed at improving work practices to reduce work-related risks still exists.
Through its proactive efforts and constant willingness to ensure the safety of its employees, EBI invests day after day in reducing work-related risks. In fact, through its repeated training courses adapted to operational realities, and through regular risk assessments in the field, EBI continues to improve its practices, making them increasingly secure. OSH action plans, created and implemented each year with all managements in place, are just one of the good practices the company ensures.
As part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the management at EBI takes this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work of its staff with respect to the OSH. Thanks to the vigilance and commitment of each individual, the company is able to continue cultivating a culture of prevention, and consequently adopt better practices each day.
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