Making workplaces safe and healthy saves lives and stops the spread of the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast the spotlight on the dangers of insecure and unsafe workplaces both for workers and for society. Evidence from around the world shows that the virus is spreading in those workplaces where workers lack the necessary safety measures and equipment to carry out their jobs. Even before the pandemic, 2.6 million people died every year from work-related illnesses and injuries. Reversing this trend requires a strong commitment from governments and employers to promote decent working conditions, including effective occupational health and safety measures for all workers. Supporting the inclusion of occupational health and safety as part of the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at work will prove this commitment is true!

Saving lives at work requires the recognition of occupational health and safety as a fundamental right!