Tomorrow, 28 April 2010, is the International Day of Mourning, a remembrance day for those who have died at work. In Australia most of the focus will be on the memorial event in Sydney as the majority of trade union leaders are in the city for the ACTU Organising Conference. This has the potential to leave events in other capital cities muted as second string trade union leaders are likely to host events.
- “Wear a wristband as a sign of respect to those who have died at work
- Hold a minute’s silence in remembrance”
A list of Workers’ Memorial Day events in Australia is available through the ACTU website.
The International Labour Organisation has posted a video message (RealPlayer format) from Seiji Machida, Director of the Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment, in acknowledgement of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Machida speaks specifically of the risks associated with nanotechnology, biological risks, ageing and the proper assessment of psychosocial factors. He also mentions employment trends for women and the need for greater OHS support for migrant workers.
A slide show in support of Seiji Machida’s video message is available at HERE.
As Australia is one of the first countries to experience the International Day of Mourning each year it is expected that a more complete picture of the events elsewhere in the world will not be possible for a couple of days.
If you have any details of the special event that you attended please send an email to SafetyAtWorkBlog.