The SafeWork programme has four major goals:
- preventive policies and programmes are developed to protect workers in hazardous occupations and sectors;
- effective protection is extended to vulnerable groups of workers falling outside the scope of traditional protective measures;
- governments and employers' and workers' organizations are better equipped to address problems of workers' well-being, occupational health promotion and the quality of working life;
- the social and economic impact of improving workers' protection is documented and recognized by policy- and decision-makers.
SafeWork aims to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases; to place the health and safety of all workers on the international agenda; and to stimulate and support practical action at all levels. With this in mind, the programme promotes and undertakes ground-breaking research, statistical work and media-related activities, and will support national action through a global programme of technical assistance. Human suffering and the cost to society, as well as the potential benefits of protection, such as enhanced productivity, quality and cost savings, will be better documented and publicized. Safework promotes, as a policy and operational tool, the primacy of prevention as an efficient and cost-effective way of providing safety and health protection to all workers. More on SafeWork Strategy