Tuesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day is a time to think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, and a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.
By raising awareness of work health and safety and taking action we can help prevent further injuries and death.
The theme for 2020 is Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.
COVID-19 has brought with it a need for Australians to adapt to rapidly changing workplace practices.
Under the model work health and safety laws, employers have a duty of care for the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace. This duty extends to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Workplaces can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by:
ensuring good hygiene and cleanliness in the workplace
implementing physical distancing, and
using personal protective equipment as appropriate.
Safe Work Australia has developed COVID-19 information for workplaces to help employers respond to COVID-19, including information for specific industries such as building and construction, retail and childcare.
The duty of employers under the model WHS laws apply to psychological health too. This is a stressful time for all Australians, and employers must do what they can to reduce the psychological risks to workers and others in the workplace. See our Mental Health and COVID-19 webpage for more information.
This year, we encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace.
Safe Work Australia, 24 April 2020