(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia joins the global community in observance of World Day for Safety and Health at work on Thursday April 26, 2018.
The observance promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SAFEDAY) and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
The campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025. Achieving these goals for the benefit of the next generation of the global workforce requires a concerted and integrated approach to eliminating child labour and promoting a culture of prevention on occupational safety health (OSH).
The 2018 SAFEDAY campaign highlights the critical importance of addressing these challenges and improving safety and health for young workers, not only to promote decent youth employment, but also to link these efforts to combat hazardous – and all other forms of – child labour.
On Thursday April 26, 2018 the Department of Labour will host a special forum at the Financial Administrative Centre from 9:00 am to highlight the observance of World Day for Safety and Health and the importance of occupational health and safety.