The International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1919. It is a United Nation’s agency that sets standards, policies and programs for the work force. Comprised of workers, employers and governments the main goals are to “promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.” Each branch, if you will, has equal footing in regards to what programs and actions are implemented.
Starting in 2003, the ILO started “International Worker’s Memorial Day” as a way to bring awareness to workers and the workplace including accidents, diseases, safety and health. It has evolved into the “International World Day for Safety and Health at Work” and is celebrated every year on April 28. This date also coincides with the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers.
Since the ILO is celebrating 100 years of existence in 2019, they are looking back at what the past 100 years and using that experience to look at the current and future workplace. The theme to this year’s event is “A Safe and Healthy Future of Work: Building on 100 Years of Experience”. There is a fantastic video on the ILO site found here that focuses on this year’s theme. The longer report covers the changes to the workforce overtime and what are some of the upcoming changes. The numbers in it are staggering when viewed from a global perspective. It is well worth the read and is free to download.
Thinking about how my work life started, it is surprising how things have changed. I challenge you to think about your first job and ask yourself the following questions:
- How old were you?
- What type of safety features were in place?
- How has that field changed over time in regards to safety?
- How has technology or automation impacted that role?
- Was ergonomics even a word then?
- How were you treated as a worker new to the workforce?
- What were the working conditions like?
- What training were you given?
With all of that in mind, now think about your current role. What can you do to improve the health and safety of your current workplace? What is stopping you from doing them? Have your or your company given thought to the future? Use April 28th as a day of reflection.
Keep in mind there is much ICC can do for you. We can create signs, pipe markers, tags and labels of all types and styles. We also have placards and truck seals. Wall charts, safety data sheets, spill kits and hardhat decals are also available too. Last but not least is our training. We offer pre-recorded, live webinar and on-site trainings for almost anything you could need. If there is anything ICC can do to help you better your workplace, give us a call today.
Wishing you a happy and healthy International World Safety Day.