Today is World Day of Safety and Health at Work.
In 2003 the International Labour Organisation began World Day of Safety and Health at Work to highlight the importance of the prevention of accidents and diseases at work.
In the UK during 2020/21, 1.7 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health, 0.8 million workers were suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression and 142 workers were killed at work.
This year’s theme is Enhancing Social Dialogue Towards a Culture of Safety and Health.
Having a positive health and safety culture within a company is vital. It sets the example that safety is a priority and taken seriously.
Benefits of having a positive safety and health culture include:
- Improved staff morale
- Staff development
- Increased productivity
- Improved reputation
- Improved employee engagement
- Lower accident rates
Having open discussions about safety that include open ended questions, active listening and meaningful and thoughtful responses will go a long way in starting to create a positive safety and health culture. These discussions will allow a range of opinions, viewpoints, and insights to be heard and can give a well-rounded picture of a company, as well as its strengths and areas for improvement.
Questions you might use to begin these conversations include for example:
- What safety processes do you think might improve your job?
- What are the potential Health and safety risks of doing this job?
- How do find following the safety guidelines at work?
For more information visit, https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/events-training/events-meetings/safeday2022/lang–en/index.htm