The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign that intends to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safe and healthy work culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged workers in specific sectors, such as emergency, health and social care, have been particularly vulnerable to the risk of infection. According to data cited in the report, 7,000 health workers have died since the outbreak of the crisis, while 136 million health and social care workers are at risk of contracting COVID-19 through work.
The pressures and risks facing health workers during the pandemic have also taken a toll on their mental health: one in five healthcare workers globally have reported depression and anxiety symptoms.
As well as the health and care sectors many other workplaces have been sources of COVID-19 outbreaks, when staff are in closed environments or spend time in close proximity with each other, including in shared accommodation or transport.
In analyzing the health concerns arising from the dramatic increase in teleworking during the pandemic, the report says that while teleworking has been essential in limiting the spread of the virus, maintaining jobs and business continuity and giving workers increased flexibility, it has also blurred the lines between work and private life. Sixty-five per cent of enterprises surveyed by the ILO and the G20 OSH Network reported that worker morale has been difficult to sustain while teleworking.
Tips for Health Safety at workplace:
Be Alert and Aware: Always be aware of your surroundings and be alert. Have a proper night's sleep so that you are not groggy at work. Safety begins with you so make sure you are responsible.
Keep your workplace clean: Make sure that the area around you is neat and tidy. Foodstuffs and beverages should be properly disposed of after you are done with them to avoid accidents like slipping, tripping, falling and getting bruised and hurt.
Maintain correct posture: Make sure that you sit while using the correct posture to avoid backache and other such problems.
Use mats on slippery floors: At home in the bathroom or with bathtubs, people tend to place a mat to avoid slipping and falling. Mats can be used in the workplace too for areas that are particularly slippery.
Take your breaks: Sometimes meeting your deadline seems like the most important thing in the world but the actual most important thing in the world is your health so it is important to take breaks regularly to avoid frustration and to avoid being overworked.
Provide first aid training: An office should always have a first aid kit and everyone should undergo training as to how to use certain medicines and supplies in case of an emergency.