2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work

“Generation Safe and Healthy” is the Australian theme for the April 28, 2018 “World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day”.

The focus of the day is to “highlight the importance of improving safety and healthy for young workers and our generations to come” according to Safe Work Australia.

As part of the day, the safety body has launched a webpage specifically for young workers – classified as 15-24 year-olds – which has a range of information around keeping young workers safe, including codes, guides, videos, seminars and podcasts.

Safe Work Australia also have a World Safety Day resources page offering posters, social media images, infographics and more.

Young workers’ unique risk profile: Intellectual, physical, social

Young workers can bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective to a workplace however they face the greatest risk of workplace injury due to their inexperience, limited awareness of work-related hazards, and a lack of bargaining power that can lead them to accept dangerous tasks or jobs, according to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) page on World Safety Day.

Australian statistics reflect that young workers are 17 per cent more likely to suffer a work-related injury and 21 per cent more likely to be hospitalised than the average across all ages.

Additionally, according to NSW Centre for Road Safety, young drivers are 4.5 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident and up to 5 times more likely to be involved in a road accident resulting in serious injury or fatality. Understanding the driving behaviour of young workers when they are driving company vehicles is therefore a key element in ensuring their safety at work.

Through our TargetZero program, GPSI is working closely with organisations to understand and change their employees’ driving behaviour to improve safety when driving for work.

For more information contact Darren Playle – 0437 229 417

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