Act together to build a positive safety and health culture in the workplace
For more than 100 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO), since 1946 also the first specialised agency of the United Nations (UN), has been dedicated to the development and implementation of international social and labour standards. Its primary goal is to create decent work for all. This also means establishing standards that reduce the number of work-related deaths, illnesses and injuries. Minimise risks, strengthen staff protection, build and promote a safe and healthy working environment. Pulling together for a strong positive safety and health culture at work - this is also the motto of this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which the ILO celebrates every year on 28 April.
Safety and health at work – a relevant topic in the health sector
Healthcare workers are among the occupational groups that experience
a higher exposure to risks in the workplace. Daily contact with potentially
infectious materials, e.g. when taking blood samples and handling other bodily
fluids, poses a particular risk. Skin diseases caused by so-called wet work,
such as washing hands too often or wearing gloves for too long or
inappropriately, as well as the transmission of infections via needlestick injuries,
also pose an everyday risk. Moreover, the Coronavirus pandemic has once again
highlighted - not only in the healthcare sector - that a strong OSH system is
necessary and crucial for the protection of the working environment and the
safety and health of workers [1-6].
Act together to build a positive safety and health culture at work, at all levels for a strong system! Join in and raise awareness for efficient prevention measures. Take care of yourself and your health, actively participate in infection prevention, comply with work standards and demand them if necessary. Engage in dialogue too: Celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April!
Important measures for your prevention in the health sector include, among others:- Consistent hand hygiene at the right time: 5 moments of hand hygiene
- Compliance with standard hygiene: Elements of standard hygiene
- Surface hygiene: Handling alcohol-based surface disinfectants
- Personal protective equipment: Avoiding contamination of your protective clothing/correct handling of PPE
- Working with SOPs and guidelines: e.g. dealing with needlestick injuries
- Regular training and observation
Click here to see the ILO’s campaign: World
Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022: Act together to build a positive safety
and health culture (ilo.org)
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6. https://www.un.org/en/observances/work-safety-day (letzter Aufruf: 11.03.2022)