April 28th is recognized as The World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It is held as an annual international campaign that seeks to promote safe, healthy and decent work environments. April 28th is also The National Day of Mourning in Canada, which commemorates people who have had an accident or injury in the course of their job. It is important that we are all involved in the initiative to create healthier and safer places of work – workplace safety should not be optional.
The following infographic from Health and Safety Ontario provides you with a snapshot of injuries in Ontario.
Consider these four steps to make sure that health and safety are paramount in your organization:
1. Get on board: You don’t have to be an owner or boss to be concerned about safety. Everyone is responsible for contributing to a safe workplace.
2. Get in the know: Understand the hazards and risks at your own workplace.
3. Get involved: If you see a hazard on the job, speak up and offer your insight and possible solutions.
4. Get more help: All workers have the right to refuse work if they have reason to believe it is dangerous. Speak to a supervisor if you have concerns, or seek guidance from the Ontario Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008.
Or, if you are off work due to injury or illness and need help returning, would like solutions to help you work more comfortably, or are concerned about the impact of your job on your physical, cognitive or emotional health, consider contacting an occupational therapist. We are here to help.
For more information on creating a healthier and safer workplace, please visit our Healthy Workplace page.