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Observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work began with the International Labour Organization in 2003 in order to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. As of 2017, the annual number of deaths due to occupational accidents or work-related diseases was an alarmingly high 2.3 million.
Factors like new technologies and production processes, higher workloads, and much more contribute to the new and emerging occupational risks that arise. Since emerging as a global crisis in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge factor in adding to these risks due to not only the risk of transmission of the virus in the workplace but also due to the risks that have emerged as a result of measures to mitigate the spread.
Safety rules and regulations in the workplace are in place to protect you, and it is crucial that you follow these rules at all times. So today – and EVERYDAY – be safe at work!