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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28th April and has been observed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since 2003. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the occurring trends and the importance of work-related injuries, diseases, and facilities in the field of occupational safety and health. Its ultimate aim is the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
The 28th of April is also the Workers’ Memorial Day 2020. This takes place annually around the world for remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health.
This year, due the coronavirus pandemic, World Day for Safety and Health at Work will be marked by many not in their place of work – but at home. Social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus mean that many people who would normally be heading to work are furloughed or have even been made redundant. For those still in employment and able to work from home, then there are new challenges to consider, both mental and physical, as we adjust to the new normal.
With many people across the world shifting to working from home, you yourself may have had to revaluate a new way of working. Ensure that you create a safer working environment due to new members of the team: family. It is important to know how to keep you and your family as safe as possible while at home. The following steps can help to keep you and your new work colleagues safe during these uncertain times.
Believe it or not, More than 50% of all falls occur in the home. Falling is one of the top causes of unintentional injuries over all age groups. Children around the house could be running and playing and may not realise obstructions they have left toys on the floor. Obstacles like computer wires, cords, rugs, and toys are just a few hindrances that should be kept clear to avoid tripping hazards. Keeping your home clear will create a safer environment for all the family.
While working from home, it can be very easy to relax and leave sensitive data open on computers while you go to make lunch. This could be a perfect opportunity for little hands to make their way and accidentally press something they shouldn’t. It is important to make sure to close any windows with any vital material showing or locking the computer when you step away.
Parental controls and internet filters are also an important step to improve online safety for children. Web protection will help reduce the chance of your child stumbling across unwanted content. This will enable a secure space online. Forming a safe environment for you and your family.
Part of adapting to the “new normal” is ensuring your existing systems can pivot to continue to support your business. Systems like Airsweb AVA have a combination of cloud and mobile apps that means that businesses have the capability to evolve and configure the system to your changing requirements.
Many systems will have the ability to adapt in a similar way, so it is important that all systems are configured to support your business in a meaningful way.
Many workers do not have the ability to work from home, so it is vital to look at ways in which people can stay as safe as possible at work. Workers in frontline public services; retail, logistics, shipping, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and vital parts of the manufacturing sector have had to carry on the best they can.
In the waste management sector, Organisations have been reduced to one driver and one operative to help with social distancing. All equipment crews need like keys, maps, risk assessments, gloves, and hand sanitiser are provided in the daily box and disinfected every day. Drivers are cleaning places they touch in their vehicles through and at the end of every day. Extra gloves are given and disposed at the end of each working day.
To keep employees safe, managers need to make sure employees have PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and above all to have communication. Communication will help to ensure the whole team feels supported and safe in such uncertain times.
World Day for safety and health at work is focused on raising awareness to prevent occupational accidents and diseases occurring globally. It is important to highlight the fact that just because workers are at home, that health and safety is not as significant as in the workplace. And for those who are working on the frontline of public services, to know these accessible but serious measures in place will help to ensure the safety of you and your own families. It is a time in which health and safety is at its most critical. These simple acts will help to ensuring the health and safety of you and your own families.
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