World safety day to focus on young workers
28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The former aims to build safe and healthy workplaces for all — with a particular focus on young workers and future generations — while the latter honours those who have died from work-related injury or illness. The memorial day has been observed on 28 April by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003 and this year falls on a Saturday.
Safe Work Australia is encouraging businesses to promote 'Generation Safe & Healthy' to highlight the importance of safety improvements in the workplace. Young workers have an increased risk of workplace injury due to a lack of experience, maturity and awareness of WHS responsibilities.
You can help create a safe and healthy environment for young workers by:
- providing the right tools and training to complete work safely,
- educating young workers about WHS rights and responsibilities, and
- empowering young workers to have the confidence to speak up about safety and health in the workplace.
SWA has launched a 'Young workers' web page to provide information and resources about building safe and healthy workplaces. Click on the link for further info.
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