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World Day For Safety And Health At Work


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Even in economic meltdown SAFETY should be given importance. The reasons and explained in the presentation. Every year on April 28th safety day would be celebrated.

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World Day For Safety And Health At Work

  1. 1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 28 APRIL 2009 Thoughts brought to you by Man2succeed ( Global Consulting Firm) [email_address]
  2. 2. Safety is about LIFE and DEATH
  3. 3. Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work related accident or disease
  4. 4. Every 15 seconds, 160 workers have a work-related accident
  5. 5. What does this mean? <ul><li>It Means that by the end of this day, nearly 1 million workers will suffer a workplace accident. </li></ul><ul><li>It means that by the end of this day, around 5,500 workers will die due to accident or disease from their work. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who is responsible? <ul><li>Workers have a fundamental right to safety but they have an obligation to work safely too. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why safety is not given importance in industries
  8. 8. What is happening around the world? <ul><li>Financial crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational changes and restructuring </li></ul><ul><li>Compromise in safety and health measures </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in workplace accidents, diseases & Fatalities and increase in ill-health from unemployment. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Companies around the world are: <ul><li>Decreasing production </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Closing factories </li></ul><ul><li>Laying off workers in large numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing part-time and temporary work </li></ul><ul><li>Out-sourcing and subcontracting </li></ul>
  10. 10. A global crisis is likely to lead to an increased incidence of psychological factors at work. Work-related stress and fatigue can then lead to accidents and diseases, reduce performance and affect working relations.
  11. 11. This stress can be triggered by: <ul><li>Re-organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived lack of control over work </li></ul><ul><li>Insecurity at work – fear of dismissal or unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in working time patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Job demands due to the intensification of work, or workers being required to be more flexible and to learn fast I order to perform new tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Being out of a job. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Financial Crisis <ul><li>Cutting costs </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased public spending </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased production </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting jobs (downsizing) </li></ul><ul><li>Shutting down of some facilities </li></ul>
  13. 13. Organizational Changes <ul><li>Re-prioritizing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction of non-productive functions </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting OSH resources </li></ul><ul><li>More part time/temporary work </li></ul><ul><li>More outsourcing/subcontracting </li></ul><ul><li>Dismissing workers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Compromise in OSH Measures <ul><li>Loss of OSH professionals in enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in OSH measures </li></ul><ul><li>Aggravated OSH conditions in informal jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Hazards from overwork/ new tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Longer working hours for some </li></ul><ul><li>More insecurity </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological stress from sudden unemployment </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lame Excuse or real problem?!
  16. 16. Beyond the economic issues we have a moral obligation: The human costs are far beyond unacceptable - ILO Safe Work Director
  17. 17. Fundamental Principles in Core Labour Standards on OSH <ul><li>A national system on OSH should be in place </li></ul><ul><li>A legislative framework should be adopted </li></ul><ul><li>A national policy should be established and put into practice </li></ul><ul><li>A national programme on OSH should be formulated and implemented </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms for inter-institutional and inter-sectoral coordination should be established </li></ul><ul><li>A national system of recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases should be established and regularly updated for preventive purposes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Fundamental Principles in Core Labour Standards on OSH …. <ul><li>Legislation on OSH should be enforced </li></ul><ul><li>OSH is a joint tripartite responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>OSH preventative measures should be established at the enterprise level </li></ul><ul><li>Employers have obligations and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Workers have rights and duties </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational health services for all workers should be established </li></ul><ul><li>A knowledge base is essential for the implementation of OSH measures </li></ul><ul><li>Health promotion at the workplace is an integral part of OSH practice </li></ul><ul><li>An OSH preventative culture should be promoted and progressively established </li></ul>
  19. 19. The enterprise level Efforts <ul><li>Safety and health at work does not merely mean preventing workers from being exposed to workplace risks and hazards and to protect them against these. It also involves being proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and practices. Using the workplace as a platform to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles can help workers and reach out to their families and the community as a whole. </li></ul>
  20. 20. YES it is! <ul><li>Safety must be instilled as a personal value and practiced not just in the boundaries of the work premises. </li></ul><ul><li>In times of crisis and restructuring, health promotion in the workplace can help workers cope with psychological stressors. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Mental outlook Poor Cost Consciousness Lack of Motivation Poor Team support Improper Training Environment Stress Unsafe Act
  22. 22. Tools to ensure employee safety TEI Knowledge Worker OSHAS Six Sigma Psychometrics 6S System QCC
  23. 23. “ We can’t make a quality product with an unsafe process” - Ken Lindgren 28 th APRIL