27 Apr 2018 | Press release

SafeDay2018: Vision Zero supports young workers

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Young workers suffer up to 40 per cent higher risk of injuries at work than adult workers. The global campaign to promote health, safety and well-being at work, Vision Zero, therefore calls for full support to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work, also called SafeDay, is organised by the ILO on 28 April. This year’s theme, “Generation Safe & Healthy”, focusses on a transition from school to work and from youth to adulthood in a safe and healthy working environment. According to the ILO, young workers (15–24) suffer up to 40 per cent higher rate of work injuries than adult workers (25+), while exposure to poor working conditions may lead to the development of occupational diseases while still young or later in life.

Vision Zero is the first-ever global campaign to promote health, safety and well-being at work. “We need to invest in a healthy and motivated workforce, and young workers are our future. We must give them extra support, training and attention. Vision Zero throws its full support behind SafeDay 2018”, says Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) behind Vision Zero.

Vision Zero was launched at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore last September. Through regional launches for Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Africa and soon America, it has so far mobilised the support of more than 1500 companies, organisations and trainers worldwide. The campaign builds on 7 Golden Rules for zero accidents and healthy work, a practical guide for employers, managers and trainers. 

Sources

  1. www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday
  2. www.visionzero.global
  3. osha.europa.eu/en/themes/young-worker   
  4. www.issa.int/web/prevention-education/resources