The World Blind Union joins International Labour Organization (ILO), governments, employers and workers to observe the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, today April 28. The theme for this year is Safety and Health and the Future of Work.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. Inspired by the ILO centenary anniversary and discussions on the future of work, the world day this year attempts to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and continuing efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development and changes in work organization.
As we observe this day, we, the World Blind Union would like to commend the International Labour Organization on its 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and health globally. The ILO has had a long involvement in promoting Decent Work for persons with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, mainstreaming, and community involvement. ILO Convention No. 159 and other international, regional and national initiatives, aim at improving the living conditions and status of people with disabilities around the world.
We re-affirm our support to the ILO in pushing forward global efforts and initiatives which will positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities, including the blind and partially sighted persons.
Meanwhile, in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) article 27 which focuses on work and employment, we call upon State Parties to fulfil their obligations to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, on an equal basis with others, to just and favourable conditions of work. States must implement appropriate policies that provide employment opportunities, safe and healthy working conditions. They must ensure that persons with disabilities are able to exercise their employment rights on an equal basis with others; provide effective access to technical and vocational programmes.
In the quest to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, which promotes sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, States must increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality. They must promote safe and secure working environments, especially for persons with disabilities, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.
The World day for safety and health at work is observed by the International Labour Organization since 2003.
Read more on the ILO website: https://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang–en/index.htm