This year’s theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work: “Optimise the collection and use of OSH data – A contribution to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 8” recognises the impact accurate data can have in supporting workplace safety.
At company level, the collection of reliable occupational safety and health data is vital for detecting new hazards and developing preventative measures. At national level compiling this information helps countries to enhance systems for recording and fulfil commitments to implementing and reporting on some of the indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, Goal 8 which promotes decent work and economic growth for all.
To commemorate this day SWHAP partners held various events. For example, Sandvik Zambia observed the day with an early morning two kilometre “health walk”, followed by a presentation by the Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Manager on the protection of labour rights and the promotion of a safe, secure working environment for all employees.
Atlas Copco in Zimbabwe held two events for their employees at the Ngezi and Harare sites where the company’s annual health and safety statistics and key risk areas were discussed. Interactive presentations, including a quiz and a short drama organised by the employees, encouraged a proactive approach toward safety and health.