28 Apr World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is today and businesses are being urged to view their response to COVID-19 by the United Nations.
April 28 marks the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and also Workers’ Memorial Day in honour of all employees who have lost their lives while performing their duty.
The day was first marked by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2003 in a bid to help limit instances of injury, infection and death at workplaces around the world.
The 2020 theme is “Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives” with all businesses urged to address their risk assessment, OHS, HSE, WHS and general operations standards to help fight against the spread of the virus.
Safe Work Australia has outlined three key measures businesses can adopt to help prevent this spread, including:
- Providing the materials and education for proper cleanliness and hygiene
- Adhering to social and physical distancing protocols, including staff, contractors and customers and;
- Using PPE where appropriate
Recognising the new health risks in the workplace as part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The United Nations has also outlined the new and emerging risks that are presenting themselves in the workplace.
Some of these are being caused by changes to operations influenced by COVID-19, while others are the result of technical innovations, social changes and organisational restructures.
The UN is urging all businesses to undertake fresh risk assessments that cover:
- New technologies that have changed operations
- Changes to working conditions like higher workloads, downsizing and shifts in the work dynamic because of COVID-19 and;
- New forms of employment and industries that are being created
Why mobile workers need extra attention to prevent fatalities
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released figures that show that accidents involving vehicles make up the most significant proportion of all workplace fatalities.
Transportation accidents make up 40 per cent of all workplace deaths with falls, slips and trips in second place at 17 per cent.
JMS is a journey management app designed to help managers care for their mobile workforce.
Journeys can be set with geofenced checkpoints and fatigue management breakpoints using the worker’s mobile device.
The rest of the process is completely hands-free with no manual check-ins required and the app will also deliver voice reminders for drivers to take a break.
It uses the mobile signal and GPS functionality of the device so if a driver fails to reach a checkpoint, alerts are automatically sent to management.
If the driver is an area with zero signal, the app will still send these alerts with last known location coordinates.
And when the trip is complete, the application automatically switches off to ensure the privacy of your workers is protected.