World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work Campaign for 2017 is “OPTIMIZE THE COLLECTION AND USE OF OSH DATA: Strengthening the foundations of a prevention culture”

The ILO aims at increasing awareness on the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents and diseases, placing the health and safety of workers high in international agendas, and supporting action at all levels. In order to support member States in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth and in particular Target 8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.., the Office will produce a toolkit with relevant information and guidance for member States in relation to OSH data collection and use.

As data on work-related accidents and diseases is essential for prevention, there is a strong need to improve recording and notification systems as well as occupational safety and health (OSH) data collection and analysis at national level. This would provide countries with more reliable indicators of the effectiveness of national OSH systems and help them in prioritizing which OSH concerns should receive the sometimes scarce resources needed to resolve them.

Optimizing the collection of reliable data is essential for establishing priorities and improving national and workplace preventive programmes. Furthermore, the harmonization of national recording and notification systems would allow for global data collection and analysis for prevention purposes giving a more accurate picture of progress made in this field.