World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on April 28. This holiday was recognized by the International Labor Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation.
The holiday was introduced in 1984 by the Canadian Union of Public Employees as the day of remembrance of any worker who was killed or injured in the workplace. April 28 was declared as an annual day of Workers’ Memorial Day, that was the anniversary of Workers Compensation Act.
International Labor Organization supported the observance of the holiday and it was celebrated on international level in 2003.
This holiday is concerned about the safety at work and awareness of work-related accidents and diseases. In Canada and other countries, that recognized the holiday, World Day for Safety and Health at Work is better known as Workers’ Memorial Day. Different events, like active campaigning and workplace awareness events, are held throughout the world.
There are also public events, that include balloon release, religious services, planting trees, laying wreaths, unveiling monuments. All of them raise public awareness about safety at the workplace .