World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 28th 2019 is both the World Day for Safety and Health at work and the International Day of Mourning. On this day we recognise the importance of safety and health in the workplace. Around the world, more than 2.78 million workers die each year from workplace incidents and work-related diseases. Take a moment to think of the many Australians who haven’t made it home from work over the years.
The 2019 theme of Work Day for Safety and Health at Work is promoting a safety and healthy future of work. To effectively plan for the future we need to consider:
- Digital technologies and their role in the workplace. This includes artificial intelligence, automation as well as the increased use of the internet.
- Structures and patterns of employment with the introduction of scheduling and organisation through digital platforms.
- The ageing of our work force and the resulting increase in chronic disease and stress levels.
- New technological development and the associated change management.
- The changing scope of risk management and health and safety in general as a result of digitalisation, automation and technological advancement.