Celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work tomorrow

Friday, 27 April, 2007

The ASCC is encouraging all Australians to celebrate the International Labour Organization's World Day for Safety and Health tomorrow.

The theme for this year's event is: Safe and healthy workplaces " making decent work a reality.

"Australia has been observing World Day for Safety and Health at Work since 2003," ASCC chairman, Bill Scales said.

"The observance of the event has two main objectives. Firstly, to promote, enhance and instil not only national but international awareness and appreciation of the importance of OHS and secondly, to elicit cooperation and support of employers, employees and the general public in improving the quality of Australian workplaces."

Scales said that the ASCC held its 2006 Safe Work Australia Awards on 23 April to coincide with this important annual event.

"Last year more than 100 countries celebrated World Day for Safety and Health at Work. I encourage all Australians to get involved and mark this significant international event.

"This could be as simple as asking your employer to give a presentation to staff about the importance of workplace safety, issuing educational information to staff about the tasks that cause the most accidents in your workplace or asking an injured worker who is currently unable to attend work to consider coming to lunch with workmates," he said.

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