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The Global Landscape of Workplace Safety – A Fundamental Right Under Threat?

Imagine a world where going to work isn’t a gamble on your well-being. A world where safety isn’t a privilege, but a fundamental right. Unfortunately, the reality for millions of workers globally falls far short of this ideal.

Alarming statistics paint a grim picture.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), over 2 million work-related deaths occur annually, with countless more suffering from non-fatal injuries and illnesses.

These numbers aren’t mere statistics; they represent lives shattered, families devastated, and a global economic burden estimated in the trillions.

The right to a safe and healthy work environment is increasingly recognized as a fundamental human right.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future, explicitly target promoting safe and healthy workplaces by 2030 (SDG 8.8).

International human rights instruments also recognize this right, emphasizing the responsibility of governments and employers to ensure worker safety.

Yet, despite these advancements, the global landscape of workplace safety remains a complex and often neglected issue. Unequal access to safety measures, inadequate regulations, and a lack of enforcement mechanisms continue to put millions at risk.

This series will delve deeper into this critical issue. We’ll explore how the concept of a safe workplace has evolved into a fundamental right, the challenges we still face, and how organizations like the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) are working to champion this right for all.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll delve into IOSH’s unwavering commitment to creating a world of safe and healthy work.

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